Who has directed the spirit of the Lord, or as his counselor has instructed him? Whom did he consult for his enlightenment, and who taught him the path of justice? Who taught him knowledge, and showed him the way of understanding? (Isaiah 40:13-14. Also see Romans 11:34-35. NRSV).
I read these beautiful words during Matins today. When I did, and as I ponder them even now, I realize how small I really am compared to God. I don’t think that the sizes of big and small when referring to God is something we can measure by any human standard. When I write that “I am small compared to God,” I mean that the mind and heart of God are so large in capacity of spirit; that all of my puny skills, possessions, intellect and anxieties are something that God can handle better than I can. God knows more about me than I do about myself.
If I am able to share any hint of wisdom in these blog posts; if I what I write makes a difference in the heart of another; and if I am so inspired to think or type anything relevant; it is because of the greatness of God who is counseling me.
The greatest gift in Contemplative Prayer is that we do not have to know or understand anything. We do not have to have conflicts resolved or mysteries unpacked for everyone to understand. Contemplative Prayer is a gift of God’s favor (as in grace) by which we are consumed by our God who needs no counsel or instruction; and we are given God’s vision and perspective of that which God wants us to see. In that moment, nothing that we have done or what maybe going on in our lives means a thing. All God wants to do in that moment, is spend a little bit of eternity with us while we are still in this life and world that is passing away before our very eyes. So that when we are once again returned to this world, we can live renewed in the Spirit of the Living God.
Br. Anselm Philip King-Lowe, n/OSB