Message from the Radio or Jesus? You decide…….

Corcovado jesus

Corcovado jesus (Photo credit: @Doug88888)

Over the past several weeks, something very strange has been happening with my radio in the kitchen.  It is set on a Christmas music station and after listening to it over dinner, I will turn it off.  Hours later, I return to the kitchen, after putting my kids to bed, and to finish cleaning up.  The radio is back on with a buzzing sound.  It is not on the radio station – it is just white noise.  I have turned this off and thought “Did Braxton (my son) mess with the radio?”

Since this has happened many times, I have started thinking it is awfully strange indeed.  I was reminded of the time when my husband was in the hospital having a tracheostomy surgery (due to complications from Lyme disease) and we were so unsure of his future.  One night I cried out for a sign that all would be alright and a weird noise came on and off from the computer until I said out loud “I get it God – you are always there for me.”  I write about this in my new book (you can get it now at This morning, I looked at the radio and thought again “is this machine coming on itself?”  Then off I went to drive the kids to school and a friend to the airport.

Upon my return, I set up in the kitchen to check my email.  I was just reviewing my inbox and read a message from Pema Chödrön

Here it is:
“The fixed idea that we have about ourselves as solid and separate from each other is painfully limiting. It is possible to move through the drama of our lives without believing so earnestly in the character that we play. That we take ourselves so seriously, that we are so absurdly important in our own minds, is a problem for us. We feel justified in being annoyed with everything. We feel justified in denigrating ourselves or in feeling that we are more clever than other people. Self-importance hurts us, limiting us to the narrow world of our likes and dislikes. We end up bored to death with ourselves and our world. We end up never satisfied.

We have two alternatives: either we question our beliefs—or we don’t. Either we accept our fixed versions of reality, or we begin to challenge them. In Buddha’s opinion, to train in staying open and curious—to train in dissolving our assumptions and beliefs—is the best use of our human lives.”

At the precise moment I read the second paragraph about beliefs, the radio turned on and the buzzing, humming noise was there.  No one was around.  It was clear my son didn’t do it and it was evident the radio turned on by itself.  I smiled and decided to turn on the Christmas music.  I did so and it was at the end of a song I have never heard before in my life and the words over and over being sung were “It is Jesus.  It is Jesus.”

Coincidence? I think not.  Amazing.  Definitely.  Confirmation once again to keep the faith.  To believe.  Staying open is good as Pema Chödrön reminds us, but believing in the power of God is better.


4 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Mary Busch on December 19, 2012 at 10:11 pm

    Wonderful Erica . . . just wonderful. We all need faithfilled words right about now. Bless you honey. I hope you received my “Angel” card last month. I thought it was perfect for you! Love and prayers. Mary


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