Letters to Jesus (Perspectives and Perceptions) -7
I find it a common occurrence in my life that I love You but that I fail often to recognize You. I love You for Your all-embracing, compassionate, forgiving, unconditional love for me because I know by Your life it is always there. But beyond my knowledge of its reality I quite frequently fail to see it (even though it’s all around me) in my daily life.
I tend toward the narrow perspective of an “I-You” relationship without considering everything around me that contains Your love and, thus, enhancing our relationship. The interior perspective often misses the recognition of You in so many things outside of our private relationship. This is probably why the church is so big on “community.”
In our own private relationship with You we create the reference points we recognize. If we look for You outside of our relationship we must use other reference points. Doing this takes our view of You out of our control and can be very revealing. We are much more comfortable with the reference points we have spent a lifetime refining in our own terms than in seeking to try to embrace You from the perspectives of other people. It’s too hard, takes a lot of effort, and is uncomfortable – but it’s just what we need to do!
The interior spiritual life can help us grow, yes – but I suggest that greater spurts of growth can be had when we make the effort to understand and participate in the ways other people relate to You. If I say I love You but fail to recognize You, then what is it I love? But if I recognize You in nature, in events, in other people, then I continually establish new reference points, new arenas of recognition in each encounter. This greatly expands and enhances what I have learned through our interior private relationship, and it greatly expands my ability to accept and to love.