Hark: that moment of coincidence when the words “delayed relevance” turn out to carry more meaning than I thought they carried when I first used them
Meet my new favourite book that’s not really a devotional but functions quite like one: The Valley of Vision, A Collection of Puritan Prayers & Devotions. (Links to Amazon.ca)
I chose “Longings After God” as it sounded kind of like the verses of Psalm 84 from the post I completed just last night, and shall include a great little snippet from The Valley here:
Engage me to live more for thee.
Help me to be less pleased with my spiritual experiences,
and when I feel at ease after sweet communings,
teach me it is far too little I know and do.
let me climb up near to thee,
and love, and long, and plead, and wrestle with thee,
and pant for deliverance from the body of sin,
for my heart is wandering and lifeless,
and my soul mourns to think it should ever lose sight of its Beloved.
Wrap my life in divine love,
and keep me ever desiring thee,
always humble and resigned to thy will,
more fixed on thyself,
that I may be more fitted for doing and suffering.
A) I totally need to be less pleased with my spiritual experiences, and less impressed with my ‘sacrifices’ and ‘suffering’.
B) The author of this prayer, whoever it is, actually asked to plead and wrestle with God in a Jacob-esque way. Interesting.
C) William Wordsworth has staked an immovable claim on all forms of the word “wander” in my vocabulary with his poignant line of poetry, “I wandered lonely as a cloud.” (This was a stray point of interest; an ADD moment.)
D) Longing after God is to want to be fitted for doing and suffering. Asking for suffering, essentially. Gah. Indeed, let me be less pleased with my spiritual experiences, and less impressed with my sacrifices and suffering thus far.