1 My heart is
my eyes are
do notconcern myself with great matters
or things too wonderful for me.
Praying this Psalm this morning was a mirror showing me the condition of my heart. Passions have been swirling around in me clamoring for change. I have what I still consider God-given ideas and desires. Passions to help people hungry for spiritual depth, to craft a new church that embraces the ancient symbols and experiences while living in a vibrancy of Pentecost. I want to see a contemplative and experiential ministry to children and their families out of that church. I want to minister to kids again. I want to live in neo-monastic community with others hungry for the same things. All these things swirl around and my haughty eyes see no way that they can be done. Not here. If these things are indeed from God they come from a depth of mystery. They are too great for me. They require patience to unfold in God's wonderful timing. How I need God's peace to enter the troubled waters of my soul! The rest of Psalm 131 is my need and my goal.
2 But I have calmed and quieted myself,
I am like a weaned child with its mother;
like a weaned child I am content.
3 Israel, put your hope in the LORDBrother Leach, this week, told me that these frustrations will never leave. In ministry there is always something more God is calling us to, stretching us to, stretching our communities to. I need the quieting. Years ago talking about spiritual formation would send my soul a twitter with excitement. Looking back at how my masters program in spiritual formation has changed me I see that those fluttering passions have settled into a deep well within me. I need the same peace about church planting, about the future.
both now and forevermore.