There’s a deep yearning in all of us to know Him. Eternity itself is planted in our hearts; we know this quick time in a fallen world is not all there is. We long for the unchanging permanence of God’s glorious light and love.
How can we connect with this unapproachable God? ~~ Ellen Vaughn
When we were born with this vacuum of spirit in our hearts, only One thing will fill it – it is God-shaped and only God can fill it. Try as we might we look for other things to fill the vacuum – the obvious choices are drugs, sex, alcohol, food, love – but what about the not-so obvious choices? What about work, family, children, careers, play, thrills, fear, anxiety – basically anything and everything has been tried at one time or another to fill the God-shaped vacuum in our lives.
I am guilty of this; we are all guilty of this. But God is merciful and loving and ever patiently waiting for us to come to our senses – or, rather, our spirit and turn toward Him.
Each day, every day I must make the choice to approach the Unapproachable and welcome Him into the vacuum of my heart and soul.
She is a wise woman if she also remembers that these material objects of the season which she sets out are beautiful and worthy carriers of what is holy. But they are not God. She can prepare and put forth a form to catch something of the spirit, but she cannot also go ahead and supply the spirit.… Prepare, organize, plan, shore up, make firm, but remain open to the unexpected; do not seal out the spirit and do not think you can provide it.Trying to supply the spirit manifests itself in bossy behaviors rather than in wise leadership.
Gertrud Mueller Nelson, To Dance with God
Even though this quote is from a section of the noted book on Christmas celebrations, I think it is nonetheless good advice for everyday life. When I fill every moment of my life with stuff to do, places to go and people to see I leave no room for the unexpected. I leave no room for God to work His beautiful blessings into my life and spirit. And without those blessings my life is very poor and dull.
Being too busy has more than just a negative effect on me. It makes me crabby, angry and tearful. I lose whatever grace God has generously offered me and become a mean person.
Filling my life with things to do means I don’t see the blessings of my furbabies – all I see are the endless dog walks and litter boxes that need cleaning. I see nothing but endless plates of food to prepare and water bowls to fill. I see yet one more hairball hacked up and one more accident to clean up. And it makes me frustrated.
Overworking and over stuffing my life means I am grumpy with the human loved ones in my life and am selfishly unwilling to meet their needs and if I do I do so grudgingly and with a lot of noise. No space, no grace.
I have to make a conscious effort to loosen the reins a bit, let go of control, not overfill my day and make room for God. Sometimes it means saying no to something; or it may mean sleeping all day; or taking a step back internally and praying for guidance; or it may mean simply stopping, taking a deep breath and breathe out a prayer or blessing for someone else.
She is a wise woman and he is a wise man who makes room for God in their everyday lives. We all will be the better for it and the people (or furbabies) in our lives will be blessed as well.
If we choose to remain with meaningless thoughts,
preoccupied with meaningless things,
then we will continue to experience meaningless patterns of existence.
Marianne Williamson, Illuminata
Have you ever wondered why you feel so empty, so deprived of life or that you are only existing? Oh, you may – I may – have all the latest gadgets or designer clothing or stylish car or maybe even nothing at all. It doesn’t matter what you have or do not have, if you – or I – is focused on the meaningless, the trivial, the ephemeral flotsam and jetsam of our society, the more our lives – the more my life – will lack true meaning and peace.
It is not that things are necessarily bad; it is when those trappings of society are the focus of your everyday life that you eventually find out you have been consuming empty calories and there is no substance for the soul.
Humans are basically spirit beings attempting to find their way back to their Creator. Sometimes it is hard and the human, physical side does not want to give into the spiritual, faith-based side and so we find it easier to give into the physical wants.
Somehow I must find the desire – the strength – the faith – to allow my spirit side to rule in my life. when I allow my spirit free reign, I am closer to God, closer to my truer nature and closer to peace. It is a choice I must make each day.