“What if God was one of us? Just a slob like one of us? Just a stranger on the bus trying to make His way home.”
This song, One of Us, inspired a television show called Joan of Arcadia in 2003. In the show God would appear to Joan as the school lunch lady, the mail man, a little boy, an elderly woman…someone just like one of us. Joan would become part of someone’s story and by the end of the show she would have a new perspective on something.
I use this idea too when I find myself wanting someone to change so I’ll feel better.
I visualize this other person as non-physical energy, the same spiritual energy that created us. In other words, I pretend they are God.
When I think of them in this way, my thoughts and my emotions change immediately. My ego is disengaged and I no longer think they need fixing (i.e., I’m not afraid I’m not going to get my way). I can see they are doing what they are doing because they believe it will make them feel better, and I realize it’s my thinking that needs to change in order for me to feel better. When I remember we are all the same, all here for the experience, all trying to make our way I can’t feel anything but love for them.
The song goes on to ask, “If God had a name, what would it be?” God does. It’s Jigg, Pam, Scott, Nancy, Jared, Meg, Sonia, Jaylene, Andrea, Charlie.
“If God had a face, what would it look like?” God does and it looks like mine, my husband’s, my son’s, my best friend’s, my boss, my dentist, you.
Thank you for giving this some thought! You will benefit, your loved ones will benefit and so will the planet!