14 September 2015
Last week, 15 youth pastors gathered in the Freestate, South Africa for a retreat.
The theme was “shut up and listen” and the guest pastor (minister) shared some good input with us and I wanted to share it with you in this week’s Sacred Space.
At the beginning we were told that often people approach life with a need to climb ladder rungs; in other words; to get “on top” of a problem or a certain life situation – Once we’ve made it to the top… we’ve achieved… or we’ve overcome… whatever we were facing.
From one of Henri Nouwen’s books another approach is suggested. It’s moving from the idea of a vertical movement… to that of a horizontal movement.
So in our life, simultaneously any of these movements can take place:
i) From noise to quiet (restlessness to rest)
ii) From illusion to prayer
iii) From sorrow to joy
iv) From resentment to gratitude
And sometimes the movement; may go to other way too.
The question is: what movements are you going through at the moment? Do you perhaps need to move towards quiet? Or to move away from illusion?
Here is another good quote from Henri J Nouwen:
“You don’t think your way into a new kind of living. You live your way into a new kind of thinking.” ― Henri J.M. Nouwen
I couldn’t help but think of wind and its movement and this verse came to mind:
John 3: 8 “The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit.”
I like that. There needs to be an element of unpredictability when we live in step with the Spirit.
And there is always a song, right? This one by Pillar came to mind:
Have a good week!
Hoist your sails…
“I hoist my sail
Through there is no wind in sight
And i close my eyes to feel the fresh breeze” Blindside
“Where ever the wind blows
You will find me there
Standing exactly where I wanna be” Pillar