by Dina Sleiman
“Let the word of Christ dwell in you [live in you] richly in all wisdom.”
~ Colossians 3:16
A few weeks ago in my prayer series post titled “You Have Spiritual Senses” I passed along this premise: we are all spiritually wired, but we are also spiritually challenged. We have spiritual eyes, and ears, and feelings, but we don’t know how to use them. We don’t trust them. They often get crowded out by our physical senses. And this is probably most true in the Western culture. Think about it. Why are there more miracles in third world countries? Is it simply because they need them more? Or might it be that without our Western logic and education, they are more open to mystery and wonder?
I find it helpful to go back before our current culture to traditions used by ancient Hebrews and medieval Christians to learn how to tap into our spiritual wiring. To use our spiritual senses. To discover the divine.
|Excellent resource on Lectio Divina|
Really, it’s just another method for finding intimacy with Christ. For awakening those inner senses and hearing from God. Because what good are lifeless words on a page without the Holy Spirit to help us rightly understand and divide the word of God. Without God’s direction and inspiration, we all know, people can read nothing more than their own prejudices and presuppositions into the Bible.
Lectio divina is only one of many techniques for tapping into God’s kingdom that dwells within you. In the coming weeks I hope to cover many more. But maybe, just maybe, this will be the one to spark you and bring your spiritual senses alive in a new way. If you’ve struggled with your quiet time, why not give it a try. Read just a few verses, and allow God to speak his rhema word to your heart.
Let me end with a quick little poem I wrote years ago on this topic.
I am giddy with the words of God
that flow like amber wine.
They are honey sweet, delicately spiced,
each one a world to itself,
alive and teeming, sparks flying,
glimmering in multi-faceted rays,
a rainbow of truth to touch each heart
with the idyllic shade of light.
Otherwise, too bright, white hot,
like gazing into the sun.