“Spirit is never too late. I give thanks she has received the money on the invisible plane and that it manifests on time.” ~ Florence Scovel Shinn
In her popular book, The Game of Life and How to Play It, Florence Scovel Shinn tells the story of a woman who needed $3,000 by the fifteenth of the month or she was going to be sued. Mrs. Shinn did a spiritual mind treatment for her (prayed affirmatively) and the 15th of the month came, but no money showed up. The woman called her, concerned that it was going to be “too late” and that she would surely be sued. Florence assured her that “Spirit is never too late!”
As it turns out, the 15th was a Saturday, and in those days, no papers would be served on a weekend so she told the woman “It is Saturday, so they won’t sue you today, Your part is to act rich, thereby showing perfect faith that you will receive it by Monday.”
You can read the back and forth at the link above, but the long and the short of it was that the woman received the money she needed right on time.
My busy life has created more than a few mix-ups with money and I have avoided disaster more than once using these same principles. I’m not sure what it says for my life management skills that I have more stories like these than I could ever sit down and write, but I do – and here’s another one that illustrates some of the more intricate, time-independent fancy footwork the Universe does to support us when we walk this path of awareness.
About a month ago, I put in a request to change my work hours to an earlier time. I’m not sure why – I am certainly not a morning person, but one day I felt compelled to change my hours, so I did. In our timekeeping system at work, this takes a couple weeks to be processed so it didn’t start right away. This week was the beginning of my new start time, and while I groaned a little at the earlier alarm, I was sure happy at quitting time.
Over the weekend I had written a check for $400 toward contractor work done on my house. I did not expect the check to arrive at the company until Tuesday and figured I had until at least Thursday before it would clear. When I sent the check I had $438 in the account, and would be paid again on Friday morning, so all should have been well, but then an unwelcome surprise arose. During the day on Tuesday the $436 dropped to $236 as a check I had forgotten about cleared. I did not have time to go to the bank that day, and had to teach that evening, so I had few physical options. I resisted moving into panic mode and worked on channeling my inner Florence Scovel Shinn.
In truth I was less spiritual warrior and more calculating tactician as I felt certain that the contractor’s’ schedule and banking cycles would give me at least a day to work all of this out. I would have time during the day on Wednesday to make a trip to the bank.
When I left work that afternoon I discovered much lighter traffic at this new time and so on a whim, I decided to go home, feed my cats, get a snack and change into more comfortable clothes before heading out to teach my class at the community college.
When I got home, to my surprise I found a check in the mail for more than enough to cover the $200 misstep in my account. When I logged in to deposit it digitally using my iPhone, the notification said that deposits made before 6pm will be now credited by 6am the next day, which gave me more than enough of a buffer until my $400 check cleared, which again, I had estimated would take place on Thursday at the earliest – a full day-and-a-half later.
The next morning (Wednesday) I checked my bank account to make sure that 6am availability was still on track, …and saw that the contractor’s check had just cleared!
Previously on Tuesdays and Thursdays I left work and drove straight to the Community College where I would teach until 9pm. Had I not changed my work schedule; encountered lighter than usual traffic and decided at the last minute to go home before teaching – I would have come home Tuesday around 9:30pm, found the check in the mail, deposited it digitally and found the next morning that I had a $37 overdraft charge to my account because the after-6pm deposit would not have been guaranteed by 6am the next day.
No matter how often I experience the generosity of the Universe, I am awestruck with the precision of Its support. And it is usually only in hindsight that I can see the intricate machinations that came together easily and effortlessly to provide for me “right on time“.
Skeptics will poo-poo this as a random set of coincidences, but I believe that these occurrences are what Deepak Chopra calls episodes of synchrodestiny, or what happens when we “…live [our lives] with an appreciation of coincidences and their meanings, [and] connect with the underlying field of infinite possibilities. This is when the magic begins.”
I have been the grateful beneficiary of many “magical” happenings like this one: a found debit card, a family cat returned unharmed after being missing for more than a month, a lost check reappearing on my front porch, a bounced check being avoided (twice now!) and more.
I mention regularly in my blog posts that Florence Scovel Shinn said often that “God makes a way when there is no way“. She chronicled the evidence of it throughout her writing, and I can say with conviction that it continues to demonstrate in my life today.
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