“There is a hidden wholeness in all things visible.”
~ Thomas Merton~
Contemplation is a type of christian prayer based less on words and more on awareness. Contemplation happens for me when I read Scripture and a word or phrase captures my attention. If I’m awake to that clue, I’ll stop reading long enough to chew on the imagery, meaning and significance, allowing God to speak.
Contemplative prayer is responsive speech–its answering God and responding to the prompting of the Spirit as much or more than asking God a favor.
Nature also captures my attention. In nature, I slow down enough to see the intricacies and visible design of nature that reflects the Creator. Take a second look at the photo I shot on the Wonderland Trial. What hidden wholeness do you see?
Jesus spoke of our eyes as “windows to the soul.” Jesus opened the eyes of the blind, and he still does that miracle, both literally and figuratively. The Apostle Paul prayed for the fellowship gathered in Ephesus that God would enlighten the “eyes of your heart.” And when God sent Paul on his missionary adventure it was “to open the eyes of the blind.” God loves to speak, and sometimes his speaking happens though the eye-gate to our soul.
May your eyes be enlightened to see what God is saying to you.