- about circumstances
- about the past
- about the future
- about people
- about God
Ask my wife. She sometimes asks me, “Where are you right now?” or “Where did you go?” Although I might be two feet from her in space, relationally I’m in another place. I’m somewhere else– just me and my thoughts.
I can even get lost in thought about my relationship with God. I think about the mystery.
- about relational intimacy with God
- about Spirit to spirit communion
- about continual abiding with Christ
- about spiritual dialogue with God
Even when I set aside time with God in a time of private prayer, I sometimes give attention to the subject of God instead of addressing God Himself. Rather than reveling in the privilege of engaging God personally, I sometimes relationally disconnect.
I can turn the table of fellowship into a table for one.
When I think about this in human terms, it paints a ridiculous picture. If I were to invite my wife out for a romantic dinner by candlelight, and then drift off into my thought world, I would be preventing either of us from enjoying relational intimacy with the other. Practically speaking, we would both be sitting at a table for one.
Life is relationship. The story of redemption is relationship lost and relationship restored. God says to us, “The very best gift I can give is my Presence with you. I am with you always. I will never leave you.”
There’s asymmetry in my relationship with God. God is always fully present with me. I am not always entirely present with Him. But I am learning to enjoy the unspeakable privilege of being present with God—aware, attentive, receptive. I am forming a new habit of engaging God personally instead of thinking about Him abstractly.
I am starting to understand that God has made a perpetual reservation for me at His table of fellowship.
And it’s a table for two.