Contemplation is a spiritual practice … and not always an easy discipline to practice in our crowded and busy lives. It requires making space to notice God in the rhythms of our daily lives. It’s learning to “wake up” to God’s presence in all things – to discover how to see with his eyes and heart.
“So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen in eternal.” (2 Corinthians 4:18)
Contemplation encourages us to see there is more to life than efficiency and productivity. It’s about “knowing” – not just with our minds, but through eyes of faith, love and hope. It helps us ask the “I wonder how God sees this?” questions in situations rather than making quick judgments. What are some ways you can slow down and practice the spiritual discipline of contemplation?
1) Contemplate Jesus. Intentionally place yourself in his presence in a still, quiet place. Picture yourself sitting at his feet or leaning against his shoulder and rest there in his love.
2) Don’t rush through reading scripture. Sit and ask yourself what God wants to speak to you, contemplating the scripture’s meaning for your life and relationships. What stands out to you? Is there a specific word or phrase calling you to ponder it?
3) Take a contemplative walk with Jesus. Focus on noticing and appreciating his gifts and goodness both in you and around you.
4) As you drive in your car, endeavor to really see others who are walking or driving past you. What might be going on in their lives today, and how does God view them?
5) Focus on the people you are in relationship with. Set aside time to really look into their eyes and listen to them with your heart. Ask God to help you see them through his eyes. – Judi Brandow, Communications Specialist