1 Corinthians 3.6
Do you not know that you are a temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?
A Word of Hope
Guts are such an incredible thing, aren’t they? Deep in our physical guts are our intestines which contains the recipe for about 70% of our immune system, digesting our food, and oddly, among other things, to somehow give us a response helping us make quicker decisions often faster than our brains can keep up with. According to healthline.com “Your gut may not be a literal voice, but its functions communicate in a form of code.”
We’ve all heard the phrase “go with your gut!” or “gut feeling” and oddly enough, the last few days have proven to me in different circumstances that my own gut feelings were more often than not, correct. I wished I had listened to them in every occurrence, because I wasted precious time second guessing my instinct. What about you? How many times have you kicked yourself for having dismissed your first, best gut feeling? You probably did that an hour ago.
In the popular Star Wars movie series, various characters have been known to say “I have a bad feeling about this.” I’m no stranger to the Force. To me, it’s just another designation of that person of the Trinity we call the Holy Spirit, the internal Eternal who comforts and guides us. But even with that knowledge, I’m second-guessing myself on why it is so difficult to listen to my overriding gut instincts.
Going back to something I said earlier, I don’t think it’s really true that our emotional “gut feeling” is something happening outside of our thinking. I believe our brains are wired with so many millions upon millions of learned behavior that our spirit and our brains are working together to quietly inform us about situations which may be eluding us at the moment. Our brains and spirituality, reason and emotion, all work hand in hand. One is never working without the other.
I invite you today to stop for a minute or two and reflect on some past situations in which your gut feeling was instructing you, particularly those times when you ignored it. What can you learn from these choices? Once again, we are faced with the conundrum of deciding whether we are physical bodies with a spirit or spiritual bodies living inside of matter. I’m not denying that there is safety within reason; safety does matter. We must learn why those strong, instinctive gut feelings are there to begin with.
Are they a force of habit which we have conditioned ourselves to ignore first? Perhaps that gut Force is informing us to live a better life; taking into account everything we have learned up to that very moment. Perhaps it’s time for all of us to form a better habit of listening intently, replacing the negative with the positive.
I’ll start by saying, I’ve got a very good feeling about this. What is your still, small voice telling you?
Spirit of the Living God, fall fresh on me.
Order of St. Francis and St. Clare