How do you determine which way you should go in life? How do you know if you’re on track or lost in the dark? My husband and I were visiting family in California last week, and toured the Hearst Castle or Enchanted Hill. I found the story of the Hearst family not only fascinating, but rich in culture and religion from around the world. I was inspired where the story began… George Hearst. He was born in 1820 with very little education. Despite many hardships, his tenacity, talent, and ambition, he was referred to as the “boy that earth talks to.” George Hearst had a “feeling” about a mineral that others kept telling him was not worth any value. George loaded up multiple mules to climb the rugged mountains where others gave up because the climb was too difficult. His feeling was correct, and what others thought was a worthless mineral, turned out to be silver. George owned mining that spanned across the states of Montana, South Dakota, Nevada, and Utah. His success and understanding of what is now called “vertical integration,” links all phases of production from the beginning to the end. His son, William, built the castle with inspired images of Europe. The images (or seeds) were planted in William’s young mind at the age of 10 while on tour with his mother. He saw castles, art, history, and statutes on a grand scale.
One of the most interesting parts of the castle is at the very top. In awe of all the structures, I was drawn to the cross with the weather vane underneath the cross (See featured photo). The message evoked spiritual direction on top of the mountain. Many of us try to head in the “right” direction for our lives. We plan our futures out like a road map on where we’d like to be in 5 years, 10 years, 20 years, and into retirement. We plan trips to head north-south-east-or west. When we get lost, we use our phone navigation system to get us back on the right road. How can we know we are traveling down the right road?
Traveling down the path less traveled is what George Hearst followed with his feeling and passion. The feeling is his intuition or spirit guiding him from within. If we listen to our intuition, it can gracefully guide us where we need to go. We can stop excessive planning because when let ourselves be guided by grace, our result is Peace. When we have peace deep down about any situation, we know we are on the right path/track… Let peace and grace be your guide.
Proverbs 3:5-6 I trust in the Lord with all my heart and lean not on my own understanding. In all my ways I acknowledge Him and He directs my paths.