Children Playing In The Ocean At Sunset (Photo credit: IronRodArt – Royce Bair (“Star Shooter”))
“It would seem that Our Lord finds our desires not too strong, but too weak. We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea. We are far too easily pleased.”
–C.S. Lewis, The Weight of Glory, and Other Addresses
[Note: BeaMuses will be on a brief hiatus this week. See you Thursday!]
There are things you can do to help you to hear God’s voice; but keep in mind that God is not constrained by our methods, our wishes or our timing. As C.S. Lewis wrote of his Christological Aslan, “He is not a tame lion.”
Too often, knowing God’s will or hearing His voice seems to be approached as though we were writing a computer program: Input this to get that result. But if it were really that simple, it wouldn’t be a relationship, would it? As we begin to look at some things that can help us to hear God’s voice, know that there is no formula.
And what’s the beginning of the journey for us? It’s the desire to hear God’s voice. That desire leads us to put aside our busyness, our concerns, our distractions … and to focus on God.
We–or at least I–shall not be able to adore God on the highest occasions if we have learned no habit of doing so on the lowest. At best, our faith and reason will tell us that He is adorable, but we shall not have found Him so, not have “tasted and seen.” Any patch of sunlight in a wood will show you something about the sun which you could never get from reading books on astronomy. These pure and spontaneous pleasures are “patches of godlight” in the woods of experience.
–C.S. Lewis, Letters to Malcolm: Chiefly on Prayer