“Ask, and it will be given you; search, and you will find;" Mt 7:7 (form the NRSV Bible)
I will also, no doubt, share little visions I get from time to time while meditating on scripture. I have been journaling for a long time, a practice I highly recommend. It is another avenue that God reveals God's self to us. I will give you a little for instance. There is a passage from Exodus in today's morning prayer,
"1 Moses was keeping the flock of his father-in-law Jethro, the priest of Midian; he led his flock beyond the wilderness, and came to Horeb, the mountain of God. 2 There the angel of the Lord appeared to him in a flame of fire out of a bush; he looked, and the bush was blazing, yet it was not consumed. 3 Then Moses said, “I must turn aside and look at this great sight, and see why the bush is not burned up.” 4 When the Lord saw that he had turned aside to see, God called to him out of the bush, “Moses, Moses!” And he said, “Here I am.”
This morning it dawned on me that God's love in our hearts is like the fire that burns brightly but does not consume. We were all created in God's image and likeness so we all have the ability to know God, it is in our DNA. And God so wants to fill us with this intense love, wants this love to overflow from us into the world. In fact, this is how God's love enters the world, through us...you and me! As Christians we believe that God actually walked the earth, was incarnate as the man, Jesus. And when Jesus fulfilled his mission in his earthly body, he poured his Spirit into his apostles, to continue his spiritual mission of making God known to all of humanity. This Spirit is represented as fire. Acts 2:1-4 This spiritual mission has continued throughout the ages and calls to us to continue spreading God's love. What an awesome responsibility!
I think back to this fire and how it does not consume. God's call to us is like that. It fills us but does not destroy us. God meets us where we are at and wants us to share this love in the life we are living. Spreading God's message of love is not only for tele-evangelists, preachers, priests or deacons. What a limited outreach that is. Most of us live quiet, ordinary lives. If each one of us would claim the call to share God's love to those with whom we share everyday life, no matter how unglamorous or mundane that seems, God's Kingdom would grow exponentially! This is why I started this blog. To encourage those who happen upon it (that would be you) to be empowered to seek God, claim your heritage as a beloved child of God and to encourage you to share God's life-giving love with all you meet.
I will conclude this first post with a blessing.
May you find yourself longing for joy. May you ask for new eyes and a new heart, to receive the gifts and revelation God wants to shower into your life. May you have the courage to share these gifts in order to help grow God's kingdom. Praise be to God now and forever.