Easier said than done, and easier planned than achieved, even though I had the opportunity to practice this more than once. Still, the best memory of those times is knowing that God was holding me close to His heart because I was wholly dependent on Him.
In other big events, joyful ones - a family vacation, a special anniversary, pregnancy and new motherhood of my second child - I sowed the time to spiritually prepare my heart and God allowed me to reap multi-dimensional rewards. Even now, a significant aspect of cherishing these memories is the remembrance of the closeness of God during those times because I sought hard to center my heart on Him during these events.
Whether it be something dreadful, like facing the possibility of cancer, or joyful, like a new addition to the family, being spiritually 'prepared' prevents me from being short-sighted, disappointed, or empty when expectations are unmet. Whether joyful or tragic, when spiritually centered on Jesus, I can see what He is doing. Now I know that if I can stay centered on God, He will:
· Open my eyes to the revelations that He has prepared to give me
· Show me a new facet of His character and deeper understanding of His ways
· Draw me into deeper intimacy with Him as I feel Jesus walking alongside me
· Connect me with others to grow relationships
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