Letters to Jesus (Unhelpful Mindsets and Attitudes) -10
We cannot begin movement toward You unless You begin movement. It would be nice to be able to clearly discern the movements of Your spirit within us. Yet, so often we let pass or do not recognize the stirrings of Your spirit. It is an important aspect of the spiritual life just to be able to discern these movements. I think, in time, we begin to see them in places we might not have looked before. Even when I think I am making progress in finding You in my family, in my friends, in the beauty of Your world and in the discomfort and suffering that may be visible to me, there are countless ways I miss You each day.
There is a slow process of “fine-tuning” in the spiritual life which is made difficult to accomplish by living in the distractions of the world. How does one continually dispose one’s self to discern Your movements in all things?
I thing the basic key to being able to do this is the often reiterated spiritual maxim of aligning our wills with Yours. Synchronizing our wills with Yours may be the best prayer of all, for then we seek what You seek and our movement toward You is at one with Your movement toward us. What’s interesting about this is that somehow You must first move us to get us to this point and we must be open to this movement for it to be effective. Your love always finds ways and means to accomplish this in our lives. When we stop and clear the channels we find moments of recognition and discernment. Then we move toward You; but we must practice this because in the normal course of life I fear we miss far more moments of such movements than we recognize.