Conversing with God

 

“In the midst of your work console yourself with Him as often as you can. During your meals and your conversations, lift your heart towards Him from time to time; the slightest little remembrance will always be very pleasant to Him. To do this you do not need to shout out loud. He is closer to us than we think.” – Brother Lawrence

God is aware of each moment of our life. Not aware in a detached Yes, I’m aware that you are going about your day, having your oatmeal for breakfast and sending your children off to school kind of way. Rather, he is very present to us in each moment, very aware of not only our external situation, but our inner state, our anxieties, our joys, our sins, our thoughts about our neighbor. God is not stalking us, or spying on us, waiting for us to step out of line. He is merely being present to us, watching over us, looking to nudge us in the right direction and to discipline us and redirect us when we head down a wrong path. But rather than think of him as merely an observer or guide, we ought to think of him as a friend who is close to us, cares for us, and actually wants us to carry on a conversation with him. While we want to avoid an overly sentimental view of the Lord of Heaven and Earth, our God who became man is, indeed, a personal God. He walked among flesh-and-blood human beings like ourselves, conversed with them, loved them, encouraged them to embrace their identity as beloved children of a benevolent Father.

So let us speak often with God. Heavenly conversation is not reserved for church services alone. Our Father invites us to speak with him during meals, during our menial tasks, studies, and errands. There is nowhere we go that God is not present to us, listening to us. Let David’s poetry serve as a reminder:

Where can I go from your spirit?
Or where can I flee from your presence?
If I ascend to heaven, you are there;
if I make my bed in Sheol, you are there.
If I take the wings of the morning and settle at the farthest limits of the sea,
even there your hand shall hold me fast…

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Located in Nashotah, Wisconsin, Nashotah House Theological Seminary is the oldest institute of higher education in the state of Wisconsin. Founded in 1842 by a Missionary Bishop of the Episcopal Church, Nashotah House belongs to the Anglican tradition of worship, theology and spirituality. That is, Nashotah House traces her roots to the Church of England and locates herself within the worldwide Anglican Communion. Comprehending the fundamental disciplines of Holy Scripture, Theology, Church History, Spirituality and Pastoral Ministry, the curriculum at Nashotah House not only roots our students in the ancient wisdom of the Church, it prepares and empowers them to communicate the Gospel to the world today.