The above title is taken verbatim from a comment that Normand made some months ago on the blog when I was still in South Africa.
Ah, the incidental and the meant-to-be. Are both examples of orchestration in life?
Most of the following is based on an earlier blog called Life Is Amazing.
I am re-using some of Life is Amazing because -- well, you will see for yourself. No, I will tell you. Much of it relates to my quest to know: "Where do I belong?"
I thought I belonged in South Africa. I was certain I belonged in South Africa.
God had said:
Yes, you just happen to be here. And what a great happening that is. There are no coincidences. If you are here, you are meant to be here.
Amazingly, I found myself living in South Africa. It was unstoppable for me to come here, yet I had never expected to be here. And I often find myself still amazed, and I ask myself: “How did I get here?” Often I also ask myself: “Can I really be here? Am I here, or is this a dream?”
Of course, God would say that wherever we are in the world, it’s a dream!
From the beginning, I knew I was blessed to be here. From the beginning, I have told you how warm and loving the people are. Strangers, friends, the same.
Because of the warmth of the people and the extraordinary beauty of this country, I have felt that coming here to South Africa is like coming home.
God in Heavenletters™ has said more than once that we are right where we are supposed to be. I imagine there must be a purpose to our being where we are. It seems like we just happen to be where we are, and yet, there has to be more to it than happenstance.
I know that, in South Africa, I am on an adventure. If I had continued living in Iowa, as good as life was, my life would be status-quo. Being here in South Africa, my life is more open-ended. Although we never know with certainty what life will hold wherever we are, my life in Iowa would be laid out, and my life here in South Africa less certain and, therefore, more exciting.
I lived in Iowa about thirty-five years, the longest I’ve lived anywhere. For some years, I had felt that my time in Iowa was done, but I continued to stay there – until Heaven Admin wrote: “Would you like to come to South Africa?”
We’ve all heard that the world has been in the grip of what is referred to as masculine energy, and that feminine energy is ascending. Masculine was considered stern, ruling, and feminine more loving. Masculine was more mind, and feminine was more heart.
I came across something the other day that said the Northern Hemisphere has been markedly influenced by masculine energy, more business-like, more calculating while the Southern Hemisphere has been considerably more feminine and therefore more caring. And now the Northern Hemisphere is going to change in the direction of more love.
And here I am in the Southern Hemisphere where it is already very caring!
I know I have been given a reward to be here. It is softer here, more rounded, more from the heart -- well, more right brain.
But, anyway, the Northern Hemisphere, I understand, is now going to grow more from the heart.
I suppose I am here to bask in the South African sun and grow from the warmth of the people here and, by the same token, I'm not meant to live in the Northern Hemisphere at this time.
How much do climate and temperature have to do with the hearts and minds of the people who live in the Northern Hemisphere or Southern Hemisphere, I wonder.
I certainly was pushed to coming back to the U.S. so it must be I'm supposed to be here now, but why?