I Am Ready
It feels good to say it, for sure. I can’t tell you how many times that little prayer, and that’s what it is, has been a help to me. I love hearing that other people feel the same way, too. But prayer requires conscious involvement. That’s why I love it even more when people ask me what we mean when we say that we’re ready.
You know the first part. You know that the "I" in "I Am" isn’t personality or ego; it’s not the temporal facts of life. I AM is the Truth. We have a lot of names for God, all of them wonderful, but when God was asked for a calling card, you know what He said:
Then Moses said to God, “Behold, I am going to the sons of Israel, and I will say to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you.' Now they may say to me, ‘What is His name?' What shall I say to them?” God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM”; and He said, “Thus you shall say to the sons of Israel, ‘I AM has sent me to you.'” (Exodus 3:13-14, NASB)
There is no time in the I AM, there is only right now. There is no distance in the I AM, there is only right here. The intellect can point to all kinds of examples of Spirit in action, and that’s a wonderful, healing process. But God can’t fit between your ears. The heart can experience Spirit in all kinds of beautiful ways. But God can’t fit in your rib cage, either. There is more going on here.
The I AM just is.
Chapters 38, 39, and 40 (three chapters!) of Job have to do with God reminding us that He is more than thoughts and feelings. And so are we. The "I am" in "I am ready" is the transcendent part of us, the divine spark, the "Good and Very Good" child of God, made in that Image and Likeness.
Yes, we have learning and growing to do. We are all, each one of us, on a journey from unfolding to unfolding. Life is messy, thank God. But there is something within each of us bigger than anything outside of us. That Truth is capable of handling whatever happens, ready to learn and teach, love and be loved.
Remember with me that the goal of life is not escape. We are not here to pack our spiritual bags. We are not here to curse or exclude. We are all in this together, and we are here to make a difference.
So you know what it means now. When we say "I am ready," we are pledging to be fully present. We are saying that we have brought our whole, True selves to bear on the present moment. We remember that God in the midst of us is mighty to bless and prosper, to heal and overcome.
So bring it on.
The next time you’re confronted with some kind of challenge, remember who you are as a child of God. Remember that you have what it takes to grow and make a difference. Remember your prayer.