Do you know who Joel Osteen is? He is a TV preacher, and I just love him.
About eight years ago, when I was depressed and miserable, I stumbled across him. It seemed that whenever I flipped channels, there he was.
I had never really watched TV evangelists, but for some reason I just had to watch him. I felt drawn to him, even though I’m not particularly religious. I just loved his sermons about love, hope and abundance. He exudes all those things, and I think this is why he is called “the smiling preacher.” He looks so happy all the time.
One day, I learned Pastor Joel had written a book called Your Best Life Now, which was by then a few years old. I knew I had to read it. And I needed to read it immediately.
I wasn’t normally so impulsive (except when it came to chocolate), but a strange force was moving me to act. I felt pulled.
Calmly, deliberately, I got my wallet and headed for my local library, which was right around the corner. I had just gotten in line at the Information desk to ask a librarian where I might find the book when that same “force” again took over, compelling me to turn my head. My gaze was directed to a bookshelf to my left, and I immediately zoomed in on the spine of a particular book. Even though the line was growing long behind me, I stepped out of it and headed straight for the book. I pulled it out in one swift, sure motion. And there it was: Joel’s book.
Out of the thousands of titles in that library, I had found the exact book I had been looking for.
It was a miracle.
Stunned and delighted, I checked the book out, hugged it to my chest and headed home. I read it non-stop for the next two days.
And when I finished that book I went on to read several of his other books and others like it. Over the next few years I read countless works by spiritual teachers like Louise Hay, Wayne Dyer, Marianne Williamson, Kathy Freston, Eckhart Tolle and Mike Dooley.
That was one of the happiest times of my life, one filled with intense spiritual study and boundless personal growth.
There is no doubt in my mind that Divine Intervention was at work that day, leading me, guiding me. Pastor Joel would call that force God; I use the term “the Universe.”
Joel Osteen was the messenger of a message I needed in that moment in my life: We live in a wondrous, all-powerful universe where peace, happiness, health and abundance are our birthrights, and that we are always loved and cared for.
You may not realize it now, but the Universe is always on your side, working to serve your highest good. It is leading you to your best life. You just have to be open to receiving its help.
So be open to the magic!
When the messages and messengers show up—in the form of a book, person or idea that you keep hearing or thinking about, or something you just feel drawn to—pay attention! If it feels right in your gut, trust it; let it lead you.
It is the miracle leading you to all the other miracles, to the life of your dreams.
Photo adapted from a picture originally from Melanie.