Wednesday, February 29, 2012

God, Our True Repose

On Friday I saw the first daffodil in bloom. I always look forward to those signs of spring. It is good to know that God is working in the world and causing things to grow—including me. The daffodil and today’s scripture passage reminded me of a selection from the writings of the great mystic Julian of Norwich:

And God showed me a little thing, in the palm of my hand, round like a ball, no bigger than a hazelnut. I gazed at it, puzzling at what it might be. And God said to me, “It is all of creation.” I am amazed that it could last and did not suddenly disintegrate and all into nothingness, for it was so tiny. And again, God spoke to me, “It lasts, both now and forever, because I cherish it.” And I understood that everything has its being owing to God’s care and love. We need to realize the insignificance of creation and see it for the emptiness it is before we can embrace the uncreated God in love. We will find no rest for our heart or spirit as long as we seek it in insignificant things which cannot satisfy us, rather than in God who is omnipotent, omniscient, and beneficent. He is our true repose. And he desires to be known and is pleased that we should rest in him. For nothing less than him can satisfy us. We cannot rest until we are detached from all that is created. When we have done so for love of God who is all, only then are we able to enjoy spiritual rest.

In Matthew 6:30-34 we read, "If God gives such attention to the appearance of wildflowers—most of which are never even seen—don't you think he'll attend to you, take pride in you, do his best for you? What I'm trying to do here is to get you to relax, to not be so preoccupied with getting, so you can respond to God's giving. People who don't know God and the way he works fuss over these things, but you know both God and how he works. Steep your life in God-reality, God-initiative, God-provisions.
Don't worry about missing out. You'll find all your everyday human concerns will be met. Give your entire attention to what God is doing right now, and don't get worked up about what may or may not happen tomorrow. God will help you deal with whatever hard things come up when the time comes” (The Message).

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