Nicholas of Cusa intimates that only the measures that can be known to us are the measures by which we measure God. For one in search of God this is discouraging. Weak, lame, and inadequate though they be, we, in fact, measure God only by the highest standards of the measures we know – those by which we measure the human or worldly qualities of anything. At its very best this mode of measuring doesn’t begin to measure who God is. “All-knowing,” “All-powerful,” “All-present,” are simply attempts at epitomizing human measures of qualities we are able to conceptualize.
The problem, Nicholas of Cusa would point out, is that there are no qualifications coming from us that aptly apply to You. This is why who God is for us is simply our best guess with the tools we have. Only those who behold God might help us here and it might just be that even they do not fully understand.
The Cloud of Unknowing is an entire book that tries to describe our inability to grasp that which we constantly seek to grasp. We simply cannot conceptualize God – except for the one tool, the one measure He has given us with which we can, at least, better measure who He is – You! We see now as in a mirror darkly, but what we are able to make out is defined by Your reflection of Your Father.
In contemplating God we do well simply to empty ourselves completely of everything and let ourselves be silently “filled.” Contemplation then is not an activity we direct toward God, but one which God directs towards us if we but still ourselves. But with You, the line between meditation and contemplation is clearer. We can actively imitate and engage in thinking about Your life, Your example, and the day-in-day-out ways You reflected God’s love for His creatures. And, because You were human like us, You have shown us that with which we can measure. We can meditate upon Your words of teaching, Your stories, Your compassion and love. In our meditation we can visualize You moving among the people of Your time. We can feel the enmity of Your foes and we can identify with the emotions You felt. These become for us the measures by which we measure God.
You have said, “Those who know me know the Father.” What we know with our minds and hearts is You and, at the same time, we can be still and open our spirits wide to the pouring in of the spirit of God.