escape to open country
If you feel that God doesn’t speak to you, ask yourself: When do I ever lean and loaf at my ease to enjoy something beautiful for its own sake? Do I even know how to be at ease for one minute?…Contemplation is the prayer that all of us do naturally, without thinking. If we could notice what we are doing when we are not thinking and do more of it, our prayer lives would move ahead wondrously…For contemplation is not just a remembering of God, but a forgetting, a letting go of everything we thought we knew about Him in order to take hold of something new…In stillness we slip through the fences in our minds and hearts and escape to open country. Mike Mason, Practicing the Presence of People
I rarely slip outside the fence. Oh, I scurry past the gate from time to time but I’m to preoccupied with the business on this side to venture out. Stillness does not come easily for me. In fact, I deplore it. And even when my body is still, my mind is in perpetual motion. By the looks of things, you’d think someone posted “no loitering” above my life and told me to keep moving. I’m trying to learn to be still and be silent. I don’t expect anyone else to talk to me while I’m running around and shouting. Why should He?
Let be and be still, and know (recognize and understand) that I am God.
Psalm 46:10, The Amplified Bible
†Mike Mason, Practicing the Presence of People (Colorado Springs: Waterbrook Press, 1999), 82-84.