Trust Me by Rev. Dr. Danny Spears

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Trust Me
By Rev. Dr. Danny Spears
February 8, 2024

As the Senior Minister of a spiritual community, and a person who spends quite a bit of time in meditation and spiritual study, you might think “God moments” are common for me.

They aren’t. At least not the kind I recently experienced.

Now I’m grateful for those peaceful times I feel during meditation, journaling, study, and walking in nature. And yes, those are God moments.

What I’m describing here, however, are those moments when I’m taken by surprise by something which grabs my attention so completely that my whole train of thought shifts in a deeper, more positive direction. So, what happened?

I was working in our church’s administrative office, going through some financial statements, reviewing the new budget, doing some trending analyses (I was a Finance Manager before becoming a Minister), and considering possible programming and direction shifts for our spiritual community. Shifts that would align more closely with who I see us being in this moment, while considering who we could be–what is possible.

I recently learned there’s a term for this, too. Frances Moore Lappe’ calls this mindset being a “possiblist.” Basically, a possiblist is someone who acknowledges present realities while trying to imagine what could be.

OK. Full disclosure here. I’m a fan of Eckhardt Tolle who said, “All you ever have is the present moment.” So I’m really good at acknowledging present realities. I mean, they’re right there in front of us, right?

The present realities I acknowledged are that our small spiritual community is blessed in so many ways, and we are beginning to face the realities of being an aging spiritual community. We have loving, supportive folks–most of whom volunteer and give in some capacity, and our reality of being an aging community is beginning to impact this support. There is no blame, shame, or panic here, either. It just is. These realities are no secret; and we’ve discussed them as a community.

So, while turning these things over in my mind, and trying to activate what we call in Unity my spiritual Power of Imagination, I noticed something out of the corner of my eye–a bumper sticker sized piece of paper attached to the side of a filing cabinet which simply read, “Trust Me.”

I literally did a double take. See, I’m now in my third year as the Senior Minister of this spiritual community; and even though I’m in this office area usually twice a week, I’ve never noticed this slip of paper on the filing cabinet–and it’s bright yellow.

I sat and stared at this message in bright yellow for several moments. Now, those who know me well know that I don’t believe in a Supreme Being God who is solely external to us. I believe–as the Bible says–it is in God that we live and move and have our being. Or as Jesus said in the Gospel of John, God in us and us in God, as he was in God and God was in him. In other words, we’re all part and expressions of the Oneness many of us call “God.”

So, exactly who or what am I being asked to trust?

Perhaps the message is simply to trust myself and my spiritual community. Yes, do our due diligence. Gather information pertinent to our community. Have the challenging discussions and make the tough decisions when necessary.

At the end of the day, however, perhaps the message of that bright yellow piece of paper is to remember and trust that we co-create with God as we activate all our spiritual Powers.

And by the way, this is a message which I believe we can apply not only communally, but also individually.

So, what will we create?

What will you create?

Imagine the possibilities–and trust.