Christ in me & you
I'm looking for Jesus in me and in you. I'm pondering what it means that he dwells in me. In seeking him, I am wanting to shake off the shock and the stress of this past year. So in the spirit of Isaiah 61, I am expecting be anointed with gladness instead of sorrow, to let God wrap me in victory, joy and praise instead of depression and sadness, and to stand in what is good and right and true as I grow closer to him. These are crazy days, but we were born for this time so please don't despair.
"Listen to the silence. Stay open to the Spirit." Madeleine L'Engle
I suspect those of us who have grown up in church can recite many facts about Jesus. But we may struggle to commune with him on a daily basis and are confused about what it means to hear God's voice. I want us to grow up and mature. I want us to be able to revel in our friendship with Him and learn how he sounds and how he loves us, others and all of creation. Jesus is the living Word! He wants us to learn who he is by becoming more aware of how close he always is to us.
Psalm 46:10 is a scripture most of us memorized long ago, "Be still and know that I am God". From what I can understand, in the original Hebrew the truer meaning is more like, "Surrender so that you can know." When we surrender, we can know Him like never before! So let's do it. We're all included in his love, no matter our background or beliefs.
Psalm 91 v. 15-16 (The Message):
"I’ll give you the best of care
if you’ll only get to know and trust me.
Call me and I’ll answer, be at your side in bad times;
I’ll rescue you, then throw you a party.
I’ll give you a long life,
give you a long drink of salvation!”
Don't be afraid. He is so kind.
NOTE: I've found this article by theologian Brad Jersak to be helpful in discerning what I hear as I sit with Jesus more and more.