Letters to Jesus (Seeking Spiritual Connection) -9
If we were to say that when the inner spiritual life settles into a “comfort zone” our seeking stagnates and the false self takes over, then we would seem to imply that a feeling of “discomfort” is necessary for the life of the spirit to progress. Personal experience tells me this is true.
I would say that right now I am pretty much comfortably settled into a spiritual routine that leaves little room for the discomfort that could move me forward. But there is, somewhere, a less comfortable starting point which I need to find again. Maybe I’m just too old, too resistant to change; but I don’t think anything in my approach to spiritual growth will grow until I am willing to accept the discomfort of change. I’m disinclined to give up anything I’m already doing, so, change would have to come by adding something – something that, at least initially, brings a discomfort with which I must deal. I am inclined to think that this will come in the area of centering prayer since finding the time to do this on a regular basis is so difficult for me, and so is the ability to empty my mind.
But there is also the matter of listening to Fenelon’s advice that we get closer to You by embracing the crosses in our lives than by spending free time alone with You. Martha seems to come out far better than Mary in this approach. Martha’s “activity” certainly seemed to render her more vulnerable to getting “nicked” than Mary’s rapt adoration; and getting “nicked” is uncomfortable, but we grow from it.
I will not stop seeking time alone with You, but maybe I should be less cautious about avoiding discomforts and embrace the opportunity for growth that comes from them.
I've heard the phrase that the Holy Spirit tries to draw us out of our comfort zone into where we are uncomfortable. I tend to think that He draws us out of a false comfort zone into His True Comfort zone! Great post!