When I began to think about writing this blog and putting together this website, I honestly did not know where to start. It all seemed too much. Then, one rainy day – which seems significant now as I think about the grace of God showering down on us – I sat contemplating this project. What would I name it? What would it look like? God, what is it that you would have me to say for the benefit of others?
As I sat there, watching the rain come down, I heard these words: Co-create Space Within. I was reminded of our need to make space within us so that we can make room for God. Because, let’s face it, things creep into our lives and overpower us, often without us knowing it. If we don’t intentionally seek to make space for God in our lives, God will be crowded out. And I believe with all my heart that we cannot make that space by our own power or self-will. We need the help of God and of other people to make that space. It is only through the grace of God that we can dare to begin to make space for God to reside. It is only through the loving guidance of others and the gifts that they share that we can keep at it and remain steadfast in our quest to make space when everything else tells us to quit and take the easy path.
The other thing that came to me was the image of a cracked egg. I thought about how that image speaks to the idea of making space. We are fragile (yet strong) people who often times need to be cracked open in order to allow God to come in. When that egg is cracked open, what you have is an open space for God to live and breathe and create new life within us. What better way to imagine that than as an egg?
So, that is where I began – with the idea and reminder that my calling is help others create space within themselves so that God can enter in more fully and take up residence there; so that our soul and God can become one. That’s what spiritual practices are all about. They are a tool to open up space within our souls so that God and God’s grace and God’s love can enter in and make a home. It is my hope as I begin this process that you find ways to open up your soul and experience the great love of God.
In the coming days and weeks, I will be sharing with you more images that have come to me during my own journey – images that have opened my soul up to the work and marvel of God. I hope that these images will speak to your soul, as well, and open some space within you to experience God.
Romans 5:2 (The Message)
“We throw open our doors to God and discover at the same moment that he has already thrown open his door to us. We find ourselves standing where we always hoped we might stand—out in the wide open spaces of God’s grace and glory, standing tall and shouting our praise.”