What to do?

Question markI’ve been reading over my journal from the past several years.

My spiritual life has been a roller coaster. Up & down. Mountaintops and valleys. And mostly, living on the plains.

I’ve noticed how many times I pleaded with God to show me what to do: about an important decision… about what to say in a certain situation… about how to proceed on some project.

God’s answer every time: “Love me with all your heart, mind, soul, and strength. And love your neighbor as yourself. The doing will take care of itself.”

And it has. Every time.

It may not have happened on my time schedule, or in the way I wanted or predicted.  But as I’ve read through my journal over the last 15 years or so, I can see that God has provided all that I need. He has blessed me beyond measure. Not necessarily with material things – although I have more than enough of those! The true blessing has come in the ongoing conversation with God and the fascinating journey through life… filled with incredible sights, sounds, smells, surprises, opportunities, and relationships.

The journey is the destination!

Quiet, please!

“In repentance and rest is your salvation,
in quietness and trust is your strength.”

“Thus said the Lord God, the Holy One of Israel,” according to the prophet Isaiah (Isaiah 30:15).

New RiverEugene Peterson, translator of The Message, says in his introduction to the prophet Nahum, “God’s characteristic way of working is in quietness and through prayer… If we are conditioned to respond to noise and size, we will miss God’s word and action.”

And Richard Rohr writes, “You cannot talk God into ‘coming’ into you by longer and more urgent prayers. All you can do is become quieter, smaller, and less filled with your own self and your constant flurry of ideas and feelings. Then God will be obvious in the very now of things, and in the simplicity of things.”

I’m going to stop writing now… be quiet and listen.