“There is a chamber in God Himself, into which none can enter but the one, the individual, the peculiar man, – out of which chamber that man has to bring revelation and strength for his brethren. This is that for which he was made – to reveal the secret things of the Father.” George MacDonald, Unspoken Sermons
What an amazing way to look at our life and calling – our being with God in that place and manner that only we have with Him, as a child with their father, from which we offer to others what was given to us.
There is a particular way that you and I like to be with God. For one person it is taking walks with Him, for another it is pouring over scriptures in isolation and yet for another it is worship music and movement. I can easily trip over people’s ways of being with God until I think about how each son and daughter is different with the same father.
I love to be alone with God, in quiet place, for a block of time, with a stack of books around me and my laptop with which to write and connect my discoveries. It is from this time with The Artist that my artistry flows (see the previous eLetters about living like an artist). I need to admit that I do not do this all the time – it’s on and off, hit and miss. I can easily get caught into the day’s work first thing in the morning, losing my individual time with God and eventually losing sight and source of my artistry.
This idea of bringing “revelation and strength” for others from my secret place with God is both freeing and motivating. To offer revelation, insight, truth, light, clarity and strength, hope, heartiness, vitality, passion to other’s throughout our days is a wide-open proposition. I believe that it means simply having our life from God on the tip-of-our-tongue and on the tips-of-our-fingers ready to offer at the appropriate moment.
May we come to greater “knowledge of every good thing which is in you for Christ’s sake” (Philemon 1:6), working “with all His energy, which so powerfully works in me” (Col 1:29), “spurring one another on toward love and good deeds” (Heb. 3:13) by “warning those who are idle, encouraging the timid, helping the weak and being patient with everyone” (I Thess. 5:14).
Offering out of my time with God,