In 1880, Thomas Edison patented the first commercial light bulb. Building on the work of earlier inventors, he perfected the phenomenon known as incandescence--or, as we think of it, the shine of a light bulb! The secret lay in the electrical resistance created by carbon filaments. Edison found that the greater the resistance, the brighter and longer lasting the luminescence would be. In other words, the obstacle (or resistance) wasn't an impediment, it was "the way"!
This is an important spiritual idea as well. As my husband Michael shared in a recent Spiritually Hungry Podcast: "What is happening outside of my plan will inevitably be better for me than anything I might have planned for myself!" Thinking this way requires certainty in the Creator's wisdom. It challenges us to let go of fear and to trust that whatever seeming obstacles are put before us are exactly what we need for our growth right now.