Last-minute changes can sometimes be stressful and are rarely welcome. We are much happier when things go as planned. However, last-minute changes can also be blessings in disguise. At big events like weddings or birthday parties where many people and elements come together, there are bound to be at least a few hiccups. I did not expect to be chasing giant beach balls across a lawn last weekend when I agreed to help set up a combination ordination and birthday party for a dear friend in Denver. In addition to being a big milestone birthday party, the ceremony before the party officially honored and acknowledged her as an ordained minister with the Centers for Spiritual Living. The giant beach balls were to help entertain her grandchildren during the party, but strong winds were determined to steal the fun. Trapping the beach balls on the patio with heavy chairs was just one of the last-minute changes to this well thought out party.
In addition to a “candy bar” and a photo booth stocked with silly props, my friend also hired a video production company to film the entire ceremony. They were also instructed to set up a mini studio in a side room where they would interview party guests on camera. Just a few hours before the event was to begin, one of the organizers let us know that the original team of videographers had to cancel but had arranged to send another crew in their place. We all agreed that it was best not to add undue stress to the birthday girl by sharing this piece of information. We simply decided to trust that it was all going to go well despite the fact that she had never met this replacement crew.
I am happy to report it all went very well. In fact, I heard a wonderful story after the event from another friend who was stationed in the studio with the replacement crew. Apparently she learned that the two camera operators both grew up in a conservative Christian church and found themselves no longer welcome in their community when they came out as gay men. To say that the LGBT community was well represented at this party might be an understatement. The Centers for Spiritual Living is an inclusive organization that welcomes people from all walks of life. From what I understand, these two camera operators were both shocked and thrilled to witness a loving church community that would accept them just as they are.
I choose to believe that it was not an accident that the original crew had to cancel. Whether you call it fate, the Universe, Divine Intervention, or chance, those two men left that event knowing there is a place called the Mile Hi Church right there in Denver where they can go to connect with Spirit and other like-minded spiritual seekers without fear of being judged for who they are. Now that’s what I call a miracle!
Has a last-minute change stolen your peace like a giant beach ball in the wind? I would be honored to help you reclaim your peace with a Family Constellations or Life Coaching session or series of sessions. Both can help you make lasting changes that will allow you to experience more peace, love, and joy in your life. Please look around my website or send me an email for more information or to schedule a session.
Until next time, I invite you to roll with those last-minute changes. You might just experience a miracle!
“There are no accidents in salvation. Those who are to meet will meet, because together they have the potential for a holy relationship.”
A Course in Miracles – MT-3.1