We live in a world where people often seem to be bored with life—seeking something new and exciting to stimulate them.
As followers of Jesus, we have access to a reality that is rich, wise, and beyond our searching or fathoming.
Just listen to Paul:
Romans 11:33-36 NRSV, “O the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgements and how inscrutable his ways! ‘For who has known the mind of the Lord? Or who has been his counsellor?’ ‘Or who has given a gift to him, to receive a gift in return?’ For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be the glory for ever. Amen.”
I wrote this in my journal as a prayerful response to these powerful lines:
“O. I love that smallest of words. O. It is an expression of awe and wonder. Overwhelm my heart with your generosity, your wise counsel and your deep knowing, Father. May I be more overwhelmed by you than I am by my circumstances or responsibilities. Instead of burdening me, you overwhelm me with awe, with joy, with gratitude.
You do not need my advice. I need yours. You do not need my counsel. I need yours. You do not need anything that I can give you. Everything is in you, from you, for you. Whatever glory there is to be had is in you.
I love you, Father. You’ve been very good to me. Let my mind and heart rest in a profound awakeness to your goodness. May goodness win over my every negative and false belief. May I live in your energy, your joy, your peace, your confidence, your life today. I need these things and recognize them to be a gift you give and not a wage I have earned.
Come, Holy Spirit, and fill my whole being. I welcome all that you are into my body, my mind, my heart, my spirit. I need you more than I know how to say. Amen.”