Is God Enough?
I read this prayer in a book I've been using as a prompt and a guide for journalling over the past several weeks, and it's been haunting me ever since.
May it be enough for me to see God in the world. - Justin McRobertsEven now as I write that prayer down, I'm struck by the weight of it. What does it mean to speak those words, really? What am I signing on for when I say them, and seek to live them?
There is a niggling thought that emerges when I seek to pray that prayer in earnest, and I'm wondering if the same thought might occur to you if you did the same. It's this: "If was able to see God in the world, would it really enough?"
Because there are so many things that are vying for our attention... so many things that offer the possibility of filling up our time, our energy, our thoughts, and passions. And some of these things are good things, things that we would all agree would be worthy of our pursuit.
But what I've noticed about so many of my own passions is that I can far too easily become so focused on them that I lose sight of God completely. When this happens, I can also lose my perspective on the sacred now---where God is making Godself known all around me.
Richard Rohr once wrote:
The purest form of spirituality is to find God in what is right in front of you--the ability to accept what the French Jesuit and mystic Jean-Pierre de Caussade called the sacrament of the present moment.What you discover is when you let go of your attachments, and seek to be aware of God's presence within the sacrament of the present moment, you find that seeing God in the world is more than enough. It is all that you need.
May it be enough for you to see God in the world... and all around you... and in you.
And may the grace and peace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you now and always. Amen.