The beginning of my personal storytelling post …back in 2010… was driven by two things: My initial encounter with St. Jude’s Chapel of Hope in Trust, North Carolina ( following my breast cancer diagnosis/ surgery) and Squire Rushnell’s initial first book on the subject of God’s Winks. Both encounters blended into one life-changing perspective on faith and following the ” winks” and ” love voices/ notes” … that are sent to reassure us we aren’t going through life alone.
Squire Rushnell defines a ” God Wink” as ” A personal signal or message directly from a higher power, usually, but not always, in the form of a coincidence.”
The first time I was consciously aware of a Divine Power intervention was the night before my first breast cancer surgery ( one of many more to come.) I had gone through a lot of blood work … just that day…and had to arrive ” at the crack of dawn” to receive one more bloodwork( so anemic) before the operation.
I just remember tossing and turning on the sofa… I couldn’t switch my mind off… it felt like a nightmare ride on a run-away carousel gone berserk!
I vividly remember I was stuck on one question- one thought. ” What to do… What to do… What in the world am I going to do? ” And the audio love message arrived … Crystal Clear… ” HOLD MY HAND.”
There was no doubt WHO it was… it was not repeated… but I have never forgotten that night… when suddenly darkness parted and clarity shone through. ” I was not alone.”
Rushnell explains that ” In times of Uncertainty what we desire more than anything else is Certainty. Certainty that our families are safe, Certainty we won’t get down-sized, Certainty we will have enough in our checkbook to make it through the month, Certainty we can afford to have our medical needs met… “
” We especially need to get connected to our faith. We need to believe that our lives are not random like twigs floating down a stream to destinations unknown.”
” We need to know that we all have a greater purpose- that we are being watched over. We are always on an incredible GPS-” God’s Positioning System.”
So until tomorrow… We are never alone… replacing uncertainty with genuine certainty that everything will be okay.
Today is my favorite day – Winnie the Pooh