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Taken Unawares

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Taken Unawares

It’s a shock when we wake-up to God, Every Time.

It’s not a routine, or a practice we go through and BAM, God shows up. It’s like walking on the road to Emmaus, and all of a sudden you realize, God is beside you.

So, if you’re busy, chatting away the Scriptures, liturgical forms, or prayers, you won’t hear God, much less know he’s there…unless you Listen! Your external and internal chatter has to stop, before you can become aware of God.

Truly, I say to you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Matt 18:3

Wide Eyes And Open Hearts

More often than not, it’s in those moments, when we set aside our big self, and intentionally become curious, and childlike. It’s like moving along the edge of a discovery, and you don’t know what it is. You can feel it, and the excitement grows.

You hear more, see more. Your heart is alive, pounding, and wide open. Then, you’re caught,  “surprised by joy,” as CS Lewis puts it.

God In The Moment

For me, the moments change and expand, when I’m outside in the woods, walking, working, or sitting and being contemplative. I’m not seeking, so much as resting in exploration, curious as to what’s going on.

It’s more than a mere meditative state, though I’m usually in Gamma, if you’ve heard of  brainwave patterns. When we’re startled by God, rather than a pattern interrupt, God completes the pattern for me and then we transcend it.

But regardless of what we know, it’s in Jesus, that we find the simplicity of belonging and wholeness.

Cultivating A Garden of God

The danger here, is thinking you’ve got to put in your 10,000 hours, to move into a closer relationship with God. It’s not. But there is the cultivation aspect…

Our hearts are like a garden, and we can either choose to cultivate our hearts, or not. You and I get to choose to cultivate our lives to be a garden of God. And there, in that sacred space, we can grow the fruit of life, the fruit of the Spirit. And the fragrance of life will fill the air.

So take a few moments right now, to cultivate God into your life. Come, Let’s take a walk in the quiet. It’ll do you good.

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