Throughout my life I have associated church services with Sunday mornings. In mid-March, Unity Church of Lake Orion stopped offering in-church services due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Our Sunday Services moved to online and like other churches and companies, we had to figure out how to continue our work and share our message.
It is not unusual for anyone to be unprepared when the unexpected happens in life. And, being faced with a once in a lifetime health pandemic was highly unexpected!
Social media played a big part for us in finding our way to meeting with our members and friends online. Soon we were meeting online every Sunday and a couple of days during the week.
Gathering and connecting in fellowship is an important part of attending church weekly, so we did that online too.
Yet, things were different. We missed the face-to-face gatherings. We were busy finding our way in the digital/online age and we also kept in mind this question, what’s next?
Our outdoor church services became so well accepted and enjoyed we may do this every year.
What’s next for us?
We will continue our positive vision for where we are growing to when the fall weather turns our beautiful summer days cooler. If we don’t vision, we just accept what is being shown to us in life; then we may miss something really good for us to be a part of. The question what’s next will always open your mind to new possibilities.
What’s next for you? Have you thought about what you want your life, or the world, to look like or be like when this pandemic time is over?
An easy way to use this practice is for you to think about what is happening in your world right now. After you have those thoughts in your mind, pretend you put on a special pair of glasses that will only show you a world of perfect vision. In this world you like what you see and you see yourself really happy. Feel yourself content because all your needs are met; it’s your perfect vision come to life. You are free to go and do and be and you are calm and peaceful as are those around you. What does that look and feel like to you?
Write the world you created down on paper and when you can, add to it again. Make a list or a journal of your visions and pray on them. Trust God to create and bring into manifestation the beautiful world you visualized.
Trust God’s timing too. It is wonderful to think on something and become excited for it to become a reality, but it’s always in God’s time. While you wait for it, keep adding to the list and holding that list in prayer.
Use Mother Nature’s four seasons as your guide. Each season comes in its own timing and each comes as they should.
So too, will your visions become reality in their perfect time. You will see them exactly as God creates them for you. Trust God to provide and trust that you have the confidence, courage and time to work with God and manifest your visions into your reality.
Lastly, in prayer and in meditation, give thanks in advance for receiving your visions.
Using your mind’s eye, let your body feel the feeling you will have as your prayers are answered as if you have already received them.
Allow yourself to feel the gratefulness in your heart before your prayers are answered. The feeling of gratefulness uplifts you in body, mind, and spirit.
Your existing world will begin to change as you are uplifted. It may even look like a world in chaos while the changes are being made, but you will find the strength and wisdom to keep asking what’s next.
During this time, good ideals and thoughts will keep coming into your mind to manifest; write them down, hold them in prayer, and trust God.
“Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done.” Philippians 4:6 (NLT)
Linda La Croix
Unity Director at Unity of Lake Orion
See her Facebook page, A Spiritual Walk, or website, aspiritualwalk.com.