Read: “One thing have I desired of the Lord, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord, and to enquire in his temple.” Psalm 27:4 (KJV)
Reflect: In a busy and stressful world, I find it is easy to become passive in my connection with God. Relationships are dynamic. They ebb and flow in the level of connection and intimacy. Sustained relationships require maintenance and intentional, active engagement. But when I become passive, the relationship wanes.
When I become aware that my connection with God is weak, I find that I can re-engage in the moment by simply noticing, acknowledging and interacting with his presence. In the pursuit of sustaining engagement with God, I find that more intentional, intimate and extended times of connection make a big difference. I can re-engage for many moments by attending to his presence in extended times of meditation. When I withdraw from secular space and time, and enter for a while into the timeless sacred space of his presence, the outcome is a deeper level of cleansing, clarity and closeness to Christ. This can be a very helpful way to re-engage with God when I have passively neglected the relationship.
During such times we can acknowledge the light of his presence around us and breathe his love into our interior space. We can simply be silent and focus on the many facets of his goodness which emanate from his presence. Or we can enquire in his temple by meditating on his word and waiting for his insight and wisdom. We can sit in worshipful gratitude and reverence. If we linger long enough, we can just be still in the experience of knowing him. With practice, as we visit him more vibrantly and frequently, our awareness of his presence can become the context and backdrop of our moment to moment experience.
React: Take time to sit with God.
Pray: God, show me your beauty. Teach me your ways.