Several years ago, I read Richard Foster’s book, Celebration of Discipline, for the first time. One section was dedicated primarily to Meditation. At the time, I believed meditation was reserved for Buddhist monks and yogis. (Child’s pose is the only yoga position I am comfortable in, and I worry I will start snoozing very quickly when I practice it.) I began to learn what meditation really can be and how I could practice it in my own life. In fact, I was already doing it, I just didn’t have a name for it. He writes, "Christian meditation, very simply, is the ability to hear God’s voice and obey his word. It is that simple. I wish I could make it more complicated for those who like things difficult. It involves no hidden mysteries, no secret mantras, no mental gymnastics, no esoteric flights into the cosmic consciousness. The truth of the matter is the great God of the universe, the Creator of all things desires our fellowship.“
Meditation is like a muscle- to build it, you must exercise it. It was awkward. I felt like I was doing it all wrong, and was embarrassed at how often my mind wandered. But God, in His great power and grace still worked through my mediocre meditating. He truly makes it pretty simple for us. Just picking a short verse or chapter about God’s character and reading it over to yourself several times when you first wake up is transformative. It’s positive power is no doubt noticed when I fall out of this practice. There was a long season recently where my mornings have looked anything but meditative. But coming back to this way of beginning my days is restorative. I want to do this more: throughout my days, my weeks, and my Sabbaths. Foster goes on to write, "Meditation is not a single act, nor can it be completed the way one completes the building of a chair. It is a way of life. You will be constantly learning and growing as you plumb the inner depths.” I think a life filled with meditation on the Holiness, the goodness, and the abounding and steadfast love of our Lord means a life of rest. A life of Rest in Him.
My friend encouraged me last week to begin my mornings with this truth from Colossians. I would love to have you join me during this #mindfulMay
He is the exact image of the invisible God, the firstborn of creation, the eternal. It was by Him that everything was created: the heavens, the earth, all things within and upon them, all things seen and unseen, thrones and dominions, spiritual powers and authorities. Every detail was crafted through His design, by His own hands, and for His purposes. He has always been! It is His hand that holds everything together. He is the head of this body, the church. He is the beginning, the first of those to be reborn from the dead, so that in every aspect, at every view, in everything—He is first. God was pleased that all His fullness should forever dwell in the Son who, as predetermined by God, bled peace into the world by His death on the cross as God’s means of reconciling to Himself the whole creation—all things in heaven and all things on earth. (Colossians 1:15-20)