"What do all the words written in the world really spell out? I had read it in Job, what makes reading God's message in every moment a form of art, fullest life: God speaks to us not in one language but two: "For God does speak-now one way, now another" (33:14NIV). One way, His finger writing words in stars (Psalm 19:1-3), His eternal power written naked in all creation (Romans 1:20); and now another way, the sharp Holy Writ on the page that makes a careful incision into a life, blade words that kindly cut the tissue back to where soul and spirit join, tenderly laying bare the intents of the heart (Hebrews 4:12).
To read His message in moments, I'll need to read His passion on the page; wear the lens of the Word, to read His writing in the world. Only the Word is the answer to rightly reading the world, because The Word has nail-scarred hands that cup our face close, wipe away the tears running down, has eyes to look deep into our brimming ache, and whisper, "I know. I know. " The passion on the page is a Person, and the lens I wear of the Word is not abstract idea but the eyes of the God-Man who came and knows the pain.
~ Ann Voskamp, One Thousand Gifts, p. 86-87
This passage is from Ann Voskamp's book, One Thousand Gifts. What struck me was the concept of God having two languages and the important fact that to come to a fuller understanding of the language of God through the world one must fully understand, or at least be well on one's way towards understanding, the Word.
To properly see the world we must have a proper relationship with the Word. When we read Scripture and become more and more familiar with Christ we start to see from a more holy perspective; the Spirit conforming our thoughts and desires more to the thoughts and desires of Christ and less to those of our own false egos. We start to see with a lens that is prescribed by a heavenly doctor, the great physician himself, carefully crafted to bring us, over time, the clarity of a Christ-consciousness.
Here's a verse from scripture that describes the importance and phenomenon of transforming our minds to that of Christ's. To know Christ, through His Word, leads to a consciousness that is attuned to God when approaching the World and reading it through God's language.
2 Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.
When we know God through His Word, the Spirit of God awakens within us, pumping into the arteries of our hearts the nourishment His Word provides. The life and love of God. When our relationship deepens with Christ, who is the Word incarnate, the ears of our hearts become more sensitive to the gentle whisper of His Spirit found throughout Creation. The gifts and lessons in the natural world are revealed through our deepened connection with God. We are able to decipher between our own ego's desires and our attachments towards illusions and God's Will because we know it in our minds and God renews our hearts into embracing these truths. After disciplined exposure towards reading both languages, while becoming more and more familiar with the Spirit within us, God's will becomes natural, not a second nature, but our nature...our heart and mind intertwining with God's, becoming more and more one with the author of man and all of Creation.
How beautiful is that?
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