My Path Less Traveled

I believe that some of us are called onto a path less traveled within the already narrow spiritual path – a unique path, perhaps just a narrow trail that is intertwined and winding within our somewhat unusual experiences and events in life. Sometimes it is only retrospectively that we can see the path we have traversed and can’t help but marvel at what God has done. At the same time, we can’t help but wonder what is yet ahead.

My spiritual path appears to have run in roughly eight-year cycles. The first two, I grew up as an atheist child and teenager in Czechoslovakia (now Czech Republic), at that time a Communist country, where few people were believers and church attendance was discouraged. Even my two years in Sweden and getting inadvertently confirmed at a summer church camp that my had parents sent me to – not knowing enough Swedish or the Bible at the time to understand what I was doing – didn’t do much to change this.

God started working with me during the next eight years, at a very low point in my life, and called me to conversion through a non-mainstream church in Victoria, Australia, which provided me with a good spiritual foundation. God gave my life a hope and purpose, and connected me with a loving spiritual community, through which He also provided my wonderful life partner, Alex.

Eight years later, Alex and I got married and during the next roughly two eight-year cycles worked side by side at the church headquarters in California, USA. While most others of our age group were raising families, our combined focus was doing God’s Work.

The next eight years found us back in the former Czechoslovakia, now the Czech Republic. In November 1989, Communism had fallen, so it was safe for me to go and visit in 1990. From this visit came the idea and desire, first on my husband’s part who is not Czech, of moving there to live. After three years of earnest prayer and seeking guidance, when our work for the church in California was coming to a natural end, this desire came to fruition. God had placed us in a little village close to a small town, which was a big contrast to having lived in the very urban Los Angeles area.

A year after we left the USA, a significant earthquake shook the LA area. Later that year, our church too was shaken through a massive change of direction and teachings. Understandably, this caused great trauma for many and resulted in a major split. In his mercy, God had moved us to the edge of the storm, so to speak, though of course, we couldn’t totally escape it. Yet, the Czech Republic was a definite refuge and also an opportunity to get to know other Christians, in this case, Seventh Day Adventists with whom we fellowshipped in a home church, and Catholics, several of whom we got to know as personal friends. These experiences taught me to be less judgmental of those with other spiritual views, but rather appreciate them for who they are, even if I can’t agree with all that they believe.

When my mother unexpectedly passed away in early 2001, another turning point came and a new cycle started. For some months before then, we began to sense a leading to return to Australia, but the specific destination only crystallized when we learned of my mother’s passing. It became obvious to come to the state of Queensland to be available to my now widowed father, who was in his late seventies.

We were at an age when it was difficult to get into the Australian job market after so many years away, but six months later, a lovely door opened to teach English in Korea. For nearly four years we taught at a Christian university south of the capital, Seoul. After that we spent another year in Saudi Arabia — a very strict Muslim country, where women have a lot fewer rights than their western counterparts take for granted, though this is ever so slowly changing.

While overseas, during our years in Korea, we were privileged to be able to come home twice a year to spend time with dad, which was a good transition to eventually returning and staying for good. This was a slightly shorter cycle of six years, when we were exposed to members of yet other Christian groups, as well as Buddhism in Korea and Islam in Saudi Arabia.

We have now been back from teaching overseas for fourteen years. I have been privileged to do spiritual work full-time on the home front, having my own writing ministry (that had in part overlapped with Alex’s writing ministry) – for which God has miraculously provided financial means. It has also been a time filled with accomplishment and growth in insights and wisdom through a formal study course as well as personal wide reading.

During the first eight — another time cycle) I had completed an MTh, been introduced to Catholic spirituality – both through reading and on the ground – and further broadened my perspective by being exposed to Christian meditation and Buddhism. I created several websites, wrote/co-wrote and published a number of spiritual books, as well as published books featuring my father’s art, photography, and Czech poetry.

For a short period, I had reconnected with my old church through one of its numerous offshoots that resulted from the split. This was like one last visit to the old spiritual home, the purpose of which had been accomplished. I spent time with old friends, briefly reconnected with others, and learned what yet others have been up to, or that they died. It was like leafing through an old album and then closing it again for the foreseeable future and returning to the present. Yet, I am very grateful for the 25 or so years of active involvement during my early to middle adulthood. It gave me an excellent spiritual foundation to then go and build on further.

A seemingly small but significant incident, no doubt divinely inspired, led me to realize around March 2014 — at the start of another time-cycle — that I needed to move on. The church has progressed over the years, but in a lot of ways remained the same, and I was no longer on the same page. A book I was lent, Life in the World Unseen, a mediated work by Anthony Borgia, widened this gap even more. It indirectly led me to mediated messages in two volumes, Angelic Revelations of Divine Truth, published by Foundation Church of the Divine Truth and focusing on the importance of Divine Love for salvation.

Mediumship was something I was uncomfortable about due to past conditioning, but the contents really resonated with me and made sense. I kept reading and summarizing the information, much of which is on this website. I also connected with a number of the Divine Love community followers in Australia.

A couple in Melbourne became for a short time my mentors. They looked at my website as it then stood and encouraged me to share it with one of the Trustees of the Foundation Church of the Divine Truth — FCDT (a sister organization of which is the Foundation Church of the New Birth — FCNB.)

In early October 2014, I contacted the FCDT and applied for membership. This had been a definite turning point. It included developing a number of special friendships, being affirmed and encouraged in my God-given gifts, most of which I was aware of, but not fully, involvement in church projects, and more. In 2015, I had completed the ministerial training course of the church and am now an ordained minister. In 2018 I was asked if I would consider becoming a Trustee of the church and I accepted. 

I sense myself growing in the Divine Love and being used by God in a new way with people feeling and responding to the Love within, as well as recognizing and appreciating my God-given gifts, insights and wisdom.

I am continuing to write and add to my website. I am also the co-editor of the church’s newsletter that is serving the whole Divine Love community. I had attended five Divine Love retreats in the USA and one in Canada, and assisted in organizing the last three. I keep in email contact with quite a few community members, sharing insights, providing encouragement, and/or answering questions. I participate in two weekly Zoom groups.

My intention in life is to help bring Love and Light into this dark world, and help people as I am able. And I look forward to one day reaching the Celestial Spheres of untold happiness and wonderful service and growth opportunities. I am also looking forward to seeing this earth finally at peace and in harmony with God — with no more hate, anger, killing, destruction, hunger, sickness and other forms of suffering. I don’t know when either one will happen, but both are a true hope and vision worth holding onto.

 

© Eva Peck, 2015, 2018, 2020