There is no GPS to determine exactly where we’re at in our spiritual journey. We have become scientifically adept and quite precise in our ability to determine where we are at physically, but we are ill-equipped to judge where we’re at spiritually. Dead-reckoning or pure-guesswork is about as good as we can do. In this estimation we tend to fall back on feelings and experience, but they are feeble substitutes for precision. Yet, there seems to be a design in this.
It could be overwhelmingly discouraging to know precisely our spiritual status. It would certainly take all the air out of our egos to know that our prayers, charitable deeds, meditations, and devotions didn’t really amount to very much compared to the state of simply being loved by You – of which we often unintentionally stand in the way, or intentionally avoid. Our strength is in Your incredible love for us.
Though we may not know exactly where we’re at, we can be certain that Your love for us is always there. This is our spiritual status. This is precisely where we’re at – in the midst of Your love for us. If we know and accept where You are in our lives it is all but irrelevant that we know where we are in Yours.
“Self”-concern clouds the issue with haziness and imprecision. We can never know precisely where we are at spiritually because we’re looking at the whole issue from the wrong aspect. Only Your wonderful love is a predictable constant. Your ongoing and ever-renewing graces and mercies are always there, but they do depend on our openness and acceptance. Where You are at in our spiritual lives is the constant. Where we are at is the variable.