I lay hold of that for which Christ has laid hold of me. Philippians 3:12
Reaching out for Christ, who has so wondrously reached out for me (The more visual Message translation)
For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction-
Newton’s Third Law of Motion
A force is a push. One object against another. A reaction. An interaction.
They are action that leads to action. This can happen through direct contact or from a distance. Friction, gravitational, the colliding of worlds. According to the short physics lesson I recently reviewed, “in every interaction, there is a pair of forces acting on the two interacting objects. The size of the forces on the first object equals the size of the force on the second object. The direction of the force on the first object is opposite to the direction of the force on the second object. Forces always come in pairs – equal and opposite action-reaction force pairs.” (See this lesson from physicsclassroom.com).
Many of us wander around asking when God will show up, when He will push, when He will tell us what to do. We envision a spiritual world with outside voices and messengers and signs and wonders. And while God does work in these ways, it has been my experience that he works more subtly. This happens in order to build our faith, to get us to listen, and most certainly to get us to pause.
I have personally felt and heard God in many ways. He has been loud and audible like an outside voice within. I have been struck by the Holy Spirit with an idea or an instruction that could only come from Him. But most of my experiences are daily benign subtle movement, eyes that are open, a heart that is willing.
Just as the gentle push God exerts on us takes divine energy, so too does our push back. Force and interaction work in both directions. I push, you push.
If God reaches out to us in every minute of every day, then why are we not reaching back?
Spiritual movement is not the force and reaction that we are used to experiencing. I have heard the loudest and experienced this heavenly collision in times when I am perfectly still. In closing my door and breathing, in the morning hours when I write, sitting with Him in adoration and seconds before my eyes fall heavy and I drift into sleep. There is more force in silence than there is in noise.
It is my soul with His
A book came out many years ago called the Five Love Languages which focuses on how we interact and communicate with our significant other. Do we feel loved through acts of service or words of affirmation? How best do we feel loved? The author, Gary Chapman, talks about these five varying ways we feel love, and why when our spouse loves us in a different way than we understand, we feel unloved and lost. Learning to love the person in their language provides a stronger and healthier relationship.
So if we love our spouses, our significant others in those ways, learning to love them in the way they understand, why should the same not be said for God?
Silence is God’s love language
The force, the love we exert is in our souls. The opposite and equal reaction is God’s love back to us in the removal of sound. We work with Him, not against Him. We stop when we don’t feel Him.
Today, take a moment, or several to just sit and listen. Allow God to move. Then you respond. Tell Him that you are here just to hear Him.
He already knows what’s on your mind and heart anyway.
I have many questions but little answers. I know that in order to have a relationship with you, I have to develop that, I have to make time for you. Help me to sit and listen and allow you to speak first. Help me to sit and wait for your reply.
In Jesus Name, Amen