I can look at the world as I usually do or I can look at it differently/newly. I have been thinking about the idea of God as a lens through which we can view the world (mentioned in my last post). What more instructive and revelatory view could I choose than that of God? Suddenly it was clear to me that this is about consciously choosing, about deciding. The fundamental key to unity with God, is the decision to be like God and even to “be” God.
Certainly we can break this down into some of the related aspects of this unity, the essential aspects of loving God and loving like God. We can think about the perfection, or the culmination, of Faith. Such reflections as this may all be helpful, yet this can also provide an excuse to build a long runway between where I am and where I want to be, where I believe I should be.
At is core, miracle-readiness (miracle-mindedness) is a choice (a decision) for a different state than the one in which I have perceived myself. Not surprisingly, decision is also central to transformation, Christ consciousness and the New. I am attracted to the simplicity of this answer. I AM simply a chooser, a decider, and what I choose as valuable is a reflection of what I AM. Best of all, a decision need not necessarily take any time at all; it can happen in an instant. That’s potentially a very short runway and that is part of what makes it miraculous!
To be in relationship to God, to be in union with God, to be God… in each case I need only choose God. By choosing God, I AM in relationship, union and being with Him/Her. Such thought, such choice, such decision and the motivation of love behind them are prayer in its most basic form. Choosing God is to some degree or another always an act of love, even of devotion or worship.
However, it has been revealed to me (time and again I must confess) that I can choose God now and then the next moment I may drift to something else. Such a wandering mind doesn’t say much for my commitment in such instances! There is not much value in love which only lasts for a moment. This is where determination, discipline and practice come into play.
In 1 Thessalonians 5:16-17 Paul instructs the church members to, “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing”. Similarly, the choice/prayer/devotion I just spoke about is most powerful when it is unceasing. When we choose God in each moment, we remain in continuous relationship and union with Him without wavering or drifting away. Such continuity is another aspect of being like Him.
A miraculous instant (a glimpse of Heaven) is like the Pearl of Great Price, yet of how much greater value is of a string of such pearls? When we consistently string together one moment after another of love, we are being like, and being in union with, our eternally faithful God. He/She strings together a precious eternity filled with such love and union.