- Do I haggle with God over and over about what “I” think should be done?
- Is it hard to leave things alone and let God work in another’s life?
- What does it mean to trust that God is truly in control of life…of my life AND of others’ lives?
As we talk about the changes happening in our lives, now is a good time to begin to talk about how MEDITATION differs from prayer. Each discipline is important with neither being more important than the other.
Prayer – As a youth, I was the “ACTS” method of prayer, which stands for :
- Adoration – Praising, worshipping God, for Who He is
- Confession – Asking God to cleanse us from sin
- Thanksgiving – Believing, acknowledging God’s grace
- Supplication – Our specific prayer requests
You can see that these “methods” all require some type of action like speaking.
Meditation is different in that meditation is silent. The goal is stillness in one’s heart, mind, and soul. Meditation is sitting in the presence of God. As a child, I loved to go out on the front of Grandpa Whitley’s porch to sit with him. He was a stoic farmer and all we did was sit and watch the grain grow. It is the most important gift my grandpa gave me.
For now, let’s think about meditation as a way of sitting on the front porch with God, watching the wheat grow. In those moments, we are freed from worry and hurt. In those moments healing of our hearts and mind can occur. In those moments, we learn who we were meant to be. By being still and listening, we learn to live INTO the mystery that is life and belong to the mystery that is God.