For us who still live in time, it is important not to act as if the new life in Christ is something we can comprehend or explain. God’s heart and mind are greater than ours. All that is asked of us is trust.
“Faith is a knowledge within the heart,
beyond the reach of proof!”
“Every idea of [God] we form, He must in mercy shatter. The most blessed result of prayer would be to rise thinking ‘But I never knew before. I never dreamed…’ I suppose it was at such a moment that Thomas Aquinas said of all his own theology, ‘It reminds me of straw.’”
C.S. Lewis: Letters to Malcolm: Chiefly on Prayer
‘In that day they will say, “Surely this is our God; we trusted in him, and he saved us. This is the Lord, we trusted in him; let us rejoice and be glad in his salvation.”’
MY PRAYER today is trust and peace. God is in it. We may not see how or why, or in what way, but he is in everything. Our not seeing or acknowledging his presence, his omnipotence, does not mean he does not exist; nor does it mean that he is with us when we are reaching our standards of good, and somehow turns his back when we have lapsed. No, God is in the beginning and the end. He is in the thought, and the activity and the outcome. He is in the quiet and in the clamour. He is in the secret things, the least obvious and unassuming, as much as he is in the voice preaching from the roof tops. Today may we increase our trust, when we do not see clearly or understand. May we allow him to speak to us in that language of reassurance, which we can only truly comprehend in that deepest place where soul and spirit meet.
These are drawn from daily prayers and reflections I write my chaplaincy colleagues.