The Knowing Space

Who needs Netflix when our minds come up with the most fanciful fiction. Collections of nightmarish narratives run wild through our minds. What a noisy bunch of invaders they are, these scary squatters.  They darken the light and pinch the soul.  They maneuver us into a fog of fears, mind and spirit in full contradiction.
       ------G. Hill
My mind may be obsessed with idols and wants, fears and doubts; my will may be enslaved to habits; my body may be consumed with appetites. But my spirit will never find rest until it rests in God. 
          ------John Ortberg
Author Bob Goff warns us not to allow the fog of uncertainty to keep us from new beginnings. Uncertainty mobilizes us.  It steers us out into a knowing space where God is waiting.
What does God want me to know?  

I know myself to be a person of weakness and strength, liability and giftedness, darkness and light. I know that to be whole means to reject none of it but to embrace all of it.
            ------Parker J. Palmer
Embracing it all. 

I found numerous thoughts on embracing the entirety of life and this one by Elizabeth Gilbert made me smile: 

Embrace the glorious mess that you are. Just be . . ..
         --– Elizabeth Gilbert
Being . . .

Life can be messy.  My thoughts can be messy---all over the place, concocting negative scenes I do not want to materialize.  Each day I inhale life's contradictions. My numbered tomorrows are clouded with incessant drizzles of "I do not know . . . I do not know . . . I do not know. . ."

But finally, I realize these uncertainties matter little.  And I choose not to dwell in fear. I exhale life's angsts and trade the litany of things 'I do not know' for the knowledge that I AM KNOWN.
       -----G. Hill
My Knowing Space

A place to put my head to rest, 
All my cares to be addressed, 
Without asks, just as I am,
Unmasked, a weary lamb,
My loving Shepherd 
Who knows me best.
       ------G. Hill
When I trust deeply that today God is truly with me and holds me safe in a divine embrace, guiding every one of my steps I can let go of my anxious need to know how tomorrow will look, or what will happen next month or next year. 
         ------Henri Nouwen
The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.
       ------Psalm 23

See also: Picture a Prayer and I Am From . . .

8 Comments Add yours

  1. Butch says:

    Thank you for your your comfort words so true.


    1. Butch, Thank you for your comment. I too need thoughts that comfort. I often have to go back and read my own earlier posts with quotes from learned minds to remind me of loftier ideals. Blessings to you and yours.


  2. don brubaker says:

    Very nice! The words you write are exactly who you are!!

    Sent from my iPhone


    1. Aww. Thank you. So nice to read that but I do have my quiet inner struggles.


  3. Nancy E Buhrer says:

    oh Gloria this is so true as I so easily try to grab back the control instead of trusting that God is in control, not myself– and of course I obsess until I focus on His love for me and that I have to trust!!


    1. Nancy, I truly understand your comments. As I commented to Bill R., the what-ifs of life can be worrisome, but I do not wish to live under a cloud of uncertainty, hence this post. I also loved the images of the lamb and the “God weely, weely wuvs me.” Our inner child is smarter than we think.


  4. Bill R says:

    I love your lamb-person intertwinings. That whole second half of the piece is fun and thought provoking.


    1. Thank you, Bill. I do not wish to dwell on worrisome things, especially the what-ifs of life, hence this post. I also loved the images of the lamb and the “God weely, weely wuvs me.” Our inner child is smarter than we think.


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