“In-spirit”— In God

     It wasn’t until I began reading the Bible that I began to feel God in my life on a daily basis.  Exactly what I mean by this is hard to explain.  It’s been said by many that when you try to share with people what it’s like to experience God that it can’t be fully translated into words.  It’s quite literally an experience, something uniquely personal and subjective to the person experiencing it; one can describe it, but it will never be able to take the place of the experience itself.

     Nonetheless, the first major highlight in my spiritual journey happened on a night as I lay in bed reading the Bible.  Feeling inspired, I began to write a prayer to God on a piece of paper.  I call it a prayer, but it was more like a “mission statement,” expressing my faith and trust in God and asking for guidance in my life.

     Then, as I lay there, something happened to me, something I had never felt before.  I was “in-spirit”—in God.  A wave of euphoria flooded over me, and in that moment I seemed to realize the full extent of God’s love. 

     It was a powerful feeling, so deep and penetrating that it was as if the center of my being had been touched and the peace and joy of God was all that I could feel.  It was a feeling of love so magnificent and consuming that I felt love for all the world and everything in it, an ecstasy so unifying that I felt that I was part of everything and everything was part of me, and together we were one in God.

     I knew then that the love of God was the greatest thing in the world, and to share this love the greatest thing that I could do.  From that moment on, I knew that I could trust in God’s love.

— Excerpted from The Truth as I See It: A Collection of Spiritual Writings by Adam Soto (p. 33-34)


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