The Holiness of the Here and Now – Part 36
Thus the Lord used to speak to Moses face to face, as a man speaks to his friend.
–Exodus 33:11 (ESV)
Faith gives a heavenly face to everything on earth. By faith the heart is caught up into a heavenly conversation.
–Jean Pierre de Caussade
Faith never stops talking to God and hearing back from him. Yet we so often miss out on this conversation because we are looking for something for the mind—a word, an image, an idea, something. The mind imagines itself to be the gatekeeper of divine-human communication. Faith laughs at this conceit and carries on without the mind’s permission. Faith hears God speaking through creation and is content to listen, rejoicing simply because God speaks, communicating himself Spirit to spirit, creating fellowship. Meanwhile, the mind seeks useful information, tools that it can take and build something with. It wants to be like Moses. It wants words to write down and remember. Faith has more humility than that. It knows that God will give clear words when he chooses, how he chooses, and that, meanwhile, he never stops speaking the language of the Creator to his creation. You do not need to miss out on this fellowship any longer. Faith is already deep into this conversation with God, and it is easier for you to join than you probably think.
Pause frequently throughout the day, just long enough to recognize and appreciate that you exist by the word of God, as do your present circumstances. Say what you want or say nothing. Feel what you feel or feel nothing. The awareness you are seeking is less complicated than words and emotions. It is a simple agreement with faith. That is, it is your active faith imitating the ideal concept of faith that we have been describing. Do not be intimidated by this description. Continue with the faith that you have. Frequent pauses will become a steady flow, and you will soon find yourself caught up into a heavenly conversation that you never want to leave.
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