Today, in my prayers, I am asking God for more of him. When I say more of him, I mean that I am asking to know him better, more intimately.
What is it that keeps us from knowing him better, more intimately?
When I look at each day leading up to this one I see a series of decisions: how I conduct my work, how I speak to my wife and children, how I spend my leisure time. I also hear a rhythm of life. This rhythm ebbs and flows depending on the decisions I make.
Those decisions, this rhythm, they mold my heart into this moment right now. In this moment, as I sit in my sun drenched room, my heart reflects my week, reflects my decisions, resonates with the rhythm.
The Apostle Paul reminds me to be wary of a darkening heart (Eph. 4:17-19) If I live with a hardened heart, then I am in danger of losing the sensitivity that comes through my knowledge of God. With this sensitivity gone, sensuality moves in, with subtlety.
How do I safeguard this? Through intentionally seeking truth in my decisions--decisions that place divine goodness above all. I am to live in the renewal of my mind (Eph. 4:23; Rom. 12:1-2), and this renewal comes from groping for God. And how do I grope?
"Hear me as I grope in this darkness and stretch out to me thy right hand. Cause thy light to shine upon me. Recall me from error. Led by thee may I return to myself and to thee." (Augustine, Earlier Writings).
Move with me, brothers and sisters, into a place of knowing, a place of worship, a place of truth, a place of holy sensitivity to Christ in our everyday.
Grace and peace to you, brothers and sisters, on this Little Easter.
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Timothy Willard is the author of five books, including Longing For More: Daily Reflections on Finding God in the Rhythms of Life and the forthcoming The Life-Giving Adventure of Chasing Beauty (Eerdmans, 2019). He has collaborated on over 20 books and has written, consulted and served as spiritual director for organizations such as Chick-fil-A, Catalyst, Q Ideas and Praxis Labs. When he’s not riding the trails in the Appalachian mountains you can find him by the fire with his three daughters and his wife making up stories about Tom the back yard badger. He lives somewhere in the south Charlotte woods.