Have you ever been praying for someone…some things…and you just knew that there was something else you were supposed to pray about? There was someone on your list of people that was eluding your mind in the moment and it gnawed at you so you prayed the generic prayer to the sovereign God of forgettful people reminding Him that He knew all and you remember scant little…We have all been there. In this prayer we are reminded that there are things that elude our grasp, so we trust in the God that is larger than our grasp. MC
Lord, so many things skitter through my mind,
and I give chase to gather them
and hold them up in a bunch to you,
but they go this way and that
while I go that way and this…
So, gather me up instead
and bless what eludes my grasp but not yours:
trees and bees, fireflies and butterflies,
roses and barbecues, and people…
Lord, bless the people…bless the people:
giving birth people,
being born people;
banged up people,
held down people;
first world people,
second world people,
third world people;
one world people,
Bless them, Lord.
Bless what eludes my grasp but not yours.
~Ted Loder (Guerillas of Grace)
I read this meditation this week and it continues to speak to me…mcw
Each of us needs an opportunity to be alone,
to find space in the day or in the week,
just to reflect
and to listen to the voice of God
that speaks deep within us.
Our search for God is only our response
to His search for us.
He knocks at our door,
but for many people their lives are too
for hem to be able to hear.
~Cardinal Basil Hume
The following is a great reflection taken from "A Diary of Private Prayer" by John Baillie.
Breathe deeply and read slowly tonight
In this quiet hour I seek communion with Thee. From the fret and fever of the day's business, from the world's discordant noises, from the praise and blame of men, from confused thoughts and vain imaginations of my own heart, I would now turn aside and seek the quietness of Thy presence. All day long I have toiled and striven: But now, in the stillness of heart and in the clear light of Thine eternity, I would ponder the pattern my life is weaving.
Spend some time pondering the pattern your life is weaving…today was busy, where do you see God involved in your day? Where did you maybe miss His invitation to you? How will you become more aware of His presence around you tomorrow?
"So from now on we regard no one from a worldly point of view. Though we once regarded Christ in this way, we do so no longer. Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!"
"But now we have been released from the law, for we died to it and are no longer captive to its power. Now we can serve God, not in the old way of obeying the letter of the law, but in the new way of living in the Spirit."
Through the centuries the church has been making the same mistake over and over again as it has defined Christianity by what you know instead of Who you know, or better yet, Who knows you. We've confused information (learning about God) with transformation (being known and recreated by Him in His image, not our own).
When we define Christianity by what we know…it becomes a doing based religion, a treadmill of shoulds and a list of tasks derived from the information we have acquired. That is not the freedom found in being a new creation, or the new way of the Spirit, it is life under the old Law of performance.
There is a big difference between these two dynamics however. As I was thinking about these two realities, the following considerations and contrasts came to mind:
information is finite – transformation is infinite
information improves – transformation creates
information is temporary – transformation is permanent
information is the known – transformation is the unknown
information is safe – transformation is risky
information is predictable – transformation is unpredictable
information requires study – transformation requires trust
information promotes self-sufficiency transformation demands dependence
information breeds familiarity – transformation embraces the unfamiliar
information is inanimate – transformation is alive
information is a noun – transformation is a verb
information takes hold – transformation lets go
information is knowledge – transformation is truth
There is so much more for us to encounter and experience in God, but we must be willing to allow the information to translate into a liiving reality in the graceful grip of God. The journey in and down to the soul-ular level is a journey that will change your life.
It's time to experience being a new creation, and life lived in the new way of the Spirit…if it is a new way, then why do we keep doing the same old things? Perhaps it's time to move from information to transformation.