Reflecting God – Ignatian Spirituality



hand shielding sun over water - photo by Steve PehanichI attempt for distractions-free prayer areas, and I used to be positive the stateroom balcony on our once-in-a-lifetime cruise could be such a spot. A monotonous horizon of water stretched in each route. I had nowhere to be, no agenda, and as a lot time as I desired. But my mind refused to settle. Distracting thoughts disturbed my psyche. The phrases of the day’s Scripture readings tasted like sawdust. I couldn’t discover a reference to God. Pissed off, I requested God for assist.

Then an thought instructed itself. Attempt music! Music is usually an excellent catalyst for prayer. God makes use of it to the touch deep locations inside me. So I referred to as up a Christian music station and prayed that no matter track introduced itself would lead me to my Lord.

Certain as I’m penning this, God selected a track only for me that day. Its mild melody and candy lyrics drowned me in God’s love, proper there on that balcony:

You name me out upon the waters
The good unknown the place ft might fail
And there I discover you within the thriller
In oceans deep…

My eyes burned with tears because the group, Hillsong UNITED, sang the lyrics of “Oceans,” that gave voice to what was my deep want: “I’ll name upon your identify and maintain my eyes above the waves.”

Distractions felt like waves I might let move. I reveled within the solar’s reflection dancing throughout the waters. “My soul will relaxation in your embrace,” the soloist sang. And I used to be drawn to reply, “I like you, Lord.” I appeared out on the water with renewed love for its creator.

However the solar was too intense. I couldn’t take within the view with out elevating my hand to dam the disc of the solar. Now I might proceed to reward the God who made the sunshine, which, mirrored on the water, appeared like one million diamonds. The solar hidden behind my hand was nonetheless dominant and robust, with its rays dancing on the ocean’s floor. My coronary heart stuffed with a way that God was proper there with me. And that’s after I grew to become conscious of God’s voice within. I heard not precise phrases however skilled extra of a right away perception:

I’m your Creator, too highly effective so that you can comprehend. Simply as you can’t look straight on the solar, you aren’t able to look straight at me. However you see me mirrored in myriad methods throughout you.

All I might do was marvel and rejoice.

All of a sudden a reminiscence surfaced, at God’s prompting. I remembered Moses asking God, “Present me your glory, I pray.” However God answered, “Nobody shall see me and reside.” (Exodus 33:18–20) I sensed with surprise that this was why Jesus grew to become human: so I might take a look at God as a lot as I wished with out being overpowered. And since God lives in all folks, we will see God’s mirrored gentle, whether or not the particular person we see is aware of it or not. The solar dances otherwise on tough seas and glassy calm. However the identical solar is mirrored.

I felt gratitude to God for initiating our awe-inspiring dialog that day. Whereas the singer continued the prayer in track, I thanked the Lord for letting me replicate God, simply as the ocean displays the solar. I gave thanks that I’m made to be a mirror of God’s radiance. I requested God’s fixed glowing to burn away complaining phrases and go away me with the overwhelming gratitude I felt in that second.

I used to be reminded of my deepest desire, that’s, to like God in different folks and to attract nearer to the aim for which I used to be created: an eternity with Jesus in heaven.

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