“Almighty Father, Son and Holy Ghost, eternal and ever blessed gracious God; to me the least of saints, to me allow that I should keep a door in paradise. That I may keep the smallest door, the furthermost, the darkest, coldest door, the door which is the least used, the stiffest door. If it so be but in thine house, O God, if so be that I can see thy glory even afar, and hear thy voice, O God, and know that I am with thee, thee O God.”
We must travel some distance, before something like this will cling to our hearts. Columba’s journey to the presence of Jesus most certainly gave him a perspective that enabled him to pray with this intensity and this humility. We cannot dissuade ourselves of his effort and his overwhelming desire to be near Him. We can only watch, and mark the zeal which took his heart and soul into the burning presence of His presence. Columba becomes a guide of what is possible and what is to be sought. We must become (if we are in pursuit) a people radically changed by the reality of His presence.
Communicating your motives and intentions to someone who is at odds with you is not always easy. When people form opinions and attitudes and it can be very difficult for us to work through them. Some just don’t worry about what someone else thinks about them. Others find dealing with misunderstandings to be agonizing. They care a great deal when someone has a misconception of them, or questioned their motives.
Israel has questioned God’s treatment of them. They have determined that God has acted capriciously with them and that He can’t be trusted. They have concluded that He is uncaring and hard to reach. People build up these misconceptions and ideas and it seems that nothing can set it right. The book of Proverbs tells us “that a brother offended is harder to win over then a city with walls”.
The tender imagery of a mother holding a child is something we all can visualize and understand. It has universal wallop. God specifically chooses that image to communicate what His true feelings are. He chooses an example that will convey the burdens and thoughts of His heart.
God loves His people. We often misinterpret or misconstrue His dealings and attitudes. But God points to the imagery of a mom with a child to say, “That’s me with you”. This particular verse speak of “comforting”. The word carries the connotation of “soothing” or “cooing, calming, quieting”. When a young one is agitated or upset, a mother is typically the only one who can make a difference.
We live in a world that has distorted and belittled God and the church. We have satanic influences that disturb and defraud many. The are many ugly misconceptions and fears that confuse the truth. Many feel that Christianity is a hokey-sham with little to commend it to the real needs of man. I know for certain thatthis is not true.
Brokenbeliever, let God remake Himself in your thinking, reading and worship. Learn to see from His perspective. Redo and remodel your thoughts and perceptions. He is waiting with His motherly arms, to sooth and to calm you. He can be trusted.
The Lord my God hath given me rest on every side.
1 Kings 5:4
This was part of the preparation for the building of the temple. Times of quiet in one’s life should not be idle times. There is other work to do then. These are days for temple-building.
True living is not all activity – struggle, conflict, gathering money, toiling with one’s hands.
Building of character is the great work of life. This goes on best in the quiet. We ought not to wait for idleness to compel us to be still; we should get the quiet into our life even in our busiest times. We must have a restful spirit if we would build up the inner temple. There should be “silent times” in every day’s life.
The secret of Daniel’s noble character, while carrying a great part of the burden of the kingdom of Babylon was that he never forsook the place of prayer. Not even fear of the lion’s den could make him neglect devotion.
There is no other secret of a true and noble life amid the world’s strifes and trials. We must keep quiet within, that we may build up in our hearts the temple of God. -JR Miller