‘We must lay before Him what is in us, not what ought to be in us,’ wrote C. S. Lewis. To put it another way, we must trust God with what God already knows. ~ Philip Yancey, Prayer
Today’s quote is a two-for-the-price-of-one special edition….one of my favourite authors is quoting another of my favourite authors. They are both talking about maintaining transparency as we spend time meditating with God. One of the greatest obstacles to overcome in choosing to embrace solitude is the belief that our broken places can be hidden. I think many times we enter the quiet spaces of contemplation and solitude thinking that we can fence off and ignore the parts of our soul we don’t want anyone to see. We try to withhold parts of ourselves from God as though God isn’t already intimately aware of them.
The thing about solitude, though, is that its purpose is revelation. Whenever I’m confused about the well-being of my soul, I can be fairly sure I’m overdue for some time spent in solitude. It’s only when I make myself vulnerable in God’s presence, when I invite God to accompany me as I explore every corner of my soul, that I experience the full value of solitude. Then I can look honestly at the health of my soul and know with clarity where I need to make changes, where healing has taken place, where my soul is strong.
This is Day 15 of 31 Days of Soul Tending and the focus is embracing solitude, providing space for contemplation and meditating with God. I’m reminding myself that solitude is the one place where I can and need to be completely transparent.