Thursday, 29 January 2015
Plumbing the depths
Just a few simple words. Nothing more, nothing less.
Sometimes, that's all it takes to make or mar a day. A drop here and there.
When words rise to our pool of consciousness and hover a while close to the surface, it is well worth asking God if these are ones He wants us to pay particular attention to.
Although God mainly speaks through Scripture, He also invites us gently to notice our lives, heed the world's sounds, and hear Him in the everyday, e.g via books, blogs, poetry, music, films and the spoken word.
These had a life of their own, shimmering with vibrancy like ripples in a pond spreading wide to touch others.
My breath caught as they reached to my core. Here were words to confirm the 'word' I'd received for 2015 and set me thinking soul-deep.
They came from a new book, 'Centering Prayers:A One Year Daily Companion for Going Deeper into the Love of God' by Peter Traben Haas.
These words (underlined) were part of a contemplation:"I begin the year with the simplicity of silence. Resting in you, I become myself again" which were simple but profound, with echoes of eternity in them.
As I pondered their significance, I reflected how my early life experience had already revealed the world to be a place where I invariably felt lost, drowning under the weight of expectations and pressures, splintered and fractured, fragile and out of sync.
To have a chance of becoming and feeling whole (and safe) again, I needed to connect to God. And I feel so blessed He called me to faith as a late teenager so I could spend all my adult life getting to know Him.
Because, not only do we find God the Father in relationship with Jesus, we also find our true selves.
Become more fully human and fully alive than ever before.
Become more truly who God created us to be, beautiful in Him.
Function more freely with the flexibility of grace.
Fulfil God's greater plans and purposes for our lives as we co-labour with Him.
Discover our full potential.
Embrace our new identity In Christ.
Waken to our worth as God's beloved child.
See ourselves, via eyes of faith, as already healed, restored, beloved and forgiven.
Rest in the knowledge of being united with The One who knows us inside out and loves us just the same ~ even as He's transforming us from the inside out.
In some inexplicable way we grow to become more like Jesus as we learn to live and abide in Him on a daily basis.
Yet, amazingly, we also become more of ourselves, more true to the essence of God's intended blueprint for us.
All this from one line or two, just a few words? Yes, indeed. Words have power to change a life.
And I wouldn't mind guessing that I have only touched on a small fraction of what it means to "become myself again" as I rest in Him.
Many words have been inspiring my soul lately as God has been speaking to me, and I'm sitting with them for a while before sharing, letting them rest in me and do their work.
Because I have all year (a lifetime?) to plumb the depths, to mine for treasure and discover the riches of resting in God.
And you, dear reader, can learn along with me as we share the journey of faith together.
Bonnie, Jennifer and friends
Over to you:
What words have greatly impacted your life recently?
How hard do you find it to see yourself as God sees you?
Please feel free to join in with the comments below. I really appreciate your input. Your words matter. Thank you.