Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Mystery of the Mundane (part 2)

God never promised to answer every question or be an easy access rabbits foot. What he has promised is that He would never leave us. That he would be present with us at every moment, in all our joy and sorrow.
What if we were to live lives conscious of God's presence at all times in every situation? Think how this could transform everything - every thought, every action, every encounter?
Buddists refer to this as mindfullness, being present in each moment, each breath. For followers of Christ this is known as practicing the presence God.
A 17th century Carmelite monk, Brother Lawrence considered "the practice of the presence of God' to be at the center of authentic Christian spirituality. He learned the discipline of being constanly aware of Gods presence especially in the ordinary and mundane during his forty years of doing dishes and daily tasks for his monastic community.
He wrote, "There is not in the world a kind of life more sweet and delightful, than that of a continual conversation with God. Those only can comprehend it who practice and experience it."
Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there. If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast. If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me and the light become night around me,” even the darkness will not be dark to you; the night will shine like the day, for darkness is as light to you. [Psalm 139:7-12]
Embracing the ordinary and cultivating the practice of becoming aware of Gods presence in each mundane moment could also be understood as learning to walk in the Spirit.
photo by bc

2 comments:

Vogel Creative said...

This so simple really ... yet deeply profound. The presence of God is not elusive. My will to experience him in the moment is the issue. It's a classic Adam & Eve rerun ... I walk with God in the garden one moment and then choose to hide from him the next. He watches and keeps as close as my heartbeat ... waiting for me to open my eyes to his continual presence.

Very inspiring stuff Brad. Keep up the good work on this blog.

Your fellow journeyman - Tom

Brad Culver said...

thanx for the imput Tom.. blessed you were blessed