There was a man named Bill who often said that he didn’t believe in God and he didn’t believe in prayer. A friend was trying to convince him that prayer works and that there is a God, but Bill just kept saying, “No, there isn’t a God.”
His friend said, “There must have been at least one time when you cried out, “Oh God, if you are out there, please help me!”
After thinking for a few minutes, Bill said “Well, there was one time. I went hunting and got lost in the woods and I couldn’t find my way back to camp. I did everything I knew to do but I couldn’t find it. Suddenly, I cried out, ‘Oh God, if you really exist, help me!’”
“What happened,” his friend asked. “Nothing,” Bill said. “I didn’t hear any voices coming down from Heaven and the trees didn’t part revealing the pathway home.”
“Something must have happened,” his friend said, “because you are here today.” “Of course,” Bill said, “but God didn’t have anything to do with it. Why if that Indian guide hadn’t heard me cry out and come along to help me, I would have frozen to death out there!”
Unity is a wonderful way of life that teaches that God is to be found everywhere, including individualized in each of us as the essence of our being. Your life is your testimonial of your belief in God. Once we make this discovery, then it’s up to us to do something about it.
Hans Urs von Balthasar once said, “What you are is God’s gift to you. What you become is your gift to God.” In Unity, we don’t wait for Heaven to happen. We know that Heaven will happen as we put the reality of God into practice in our lives.