Buds Will Sprout From Knots

Last month when I harvested my first okra, I thought I may have killed the plant since I cut the stem at the fruit. But now more flowers and okra are blooming from the very spot I snipped off.

Similarly, in life we all go through seeming insurmountable roadblocks: an unexpected loss, a major accident, or a serious illness. We should keep the words of Oyasama in our hearts and trust that, just as in nature, “buds will sprout from knots.” Remember my okra plant? You can see how new life and prosperity was actually brought about by the knot.

So how do we get through these major challenges? First, be comforted that the knots in life are never punishments, but rather loving guidances from our divine Parent informing us of our mistaken (self-centered) use of mind, either now or at some time in the past.

We should take these opportunities to reflect on the way we are using our minds.  Are we harboring greed, arrogance, anger, hatred, or avarice in our daily lives?  If so, let us refocus our attention on helping others instead. By doing so we can push past the knots spiritedly, and look forward with optimism to the buds that will surely sprout in the future.

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I am a fourth generation American of Japanese descent. My great-grandfather immigrated to Hawaii in 1907, and founded Taiheiyo Church in 1931. My grandfather became the 2nd head minister in 1956, and my father succeeded him as the 3rd head minister in 1981. On November 7, 2015, I was installed as the 4th head minister.

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