“Is anything too wonderful for the Lord?” (Genesis 18:14).
No one limits the power of God in our lives more than ourselves. Each of us have the ability to let God in or shut God out. Letting God in means turning ourselves over to God’s will. It requires us to do a lot of letting go so that God make us in to that “new creation” (2 Corinthians 5:17) .
Contemplative prayer opens us up to the possibility of encountering God in the least suspected of places and moments. In our silence and solitude we confront the noise within us; those conflicting and contradictory things that take up so much space. It is amazing that when we sit in silence with the T.V., the iPhone, iPad, Smart Phone, computer, radio, etc turned off that we realize just how much noise is going through our bodies and minds. We are restless. We are not really centered. It seems as if our interior is like at traffic jam on a hot muggy day with all the horns beeping loudly and it is as if we will never go anywhere. It is in these very moments when the God we are seeking union with, has already found us and is speaking through the chaos. The tensions in our bodies, the argument that we cannot forget, the addiction that plagues us or our families; God is in the middle of them loving us unconditionally and accepting us where we are.
The image I chose for this post has snow top mountains. Other mountains are clear and dry. It is in the reflection in the water, that everything that is beautiful in itself shows even more profoundly. In the image reflected in the water, is a wonder that we cannot adequately describe. All we know, is that it is mysterious, majestic and calls us to a renewed vision of the world.
In contemplation there is nothing too wonderful for God that the Holy One cannot accept and transform. No room is too small. No issue within ourselves that is too confining for God; that God’s perspective of us cannot be renewed and reworked into that wonder that seemed impossible for us; but is never too complicated for God. God “traces our journeys and our resting places and (is) acquainted with all my ways” (Psalm 139:2).
“Let us get up then, at long last, for the Scriptures rouse us when they say; “It is high time for us to arise from sleep” (Rom 13:11). Let us open our eyes to the light that comes from God, and our ears to the voice from heaven that every day calls out this charge; “If you hear his voice today, do not harden your hearts (Psalm 95)”. (RB: 1980 The Rule of Saint Benedict in English, Prologue vs 8-10, p. 15-16).
Is anything too wonderful for God in your life?
Brother Anselm Philip King-Lowe, OSB
See: http://www.cos-osb.org .