Quieting my insides enough

By Dave Henning / November 3, 2017

“Meeting Him required quieting my insides enough to hear and respond.  The kind of dialogue I was learning to have with God burgeoned when I saw it as an exchange — my mind for His thoughts, my fear for His assurance, my whispers for His response.”- Sara Hagerty

“Wherever this gospel is preached in the whole world, what this woman has done will also be told as a memorial to her.”- Matthew 26:13 (NKJV)

In Chapter 7 (“Secret Extravagance: Wasting Ourselves on God”) of Unseen, Sara Hagerty encourages us not to consider conversation with God in the midst of a demanding day wasteful.  Instead, such conversation provides food for the hungry heart.  In addition, it’s a gift of hiddenness.

Also, Ms. Hagerty equates God’s currency with communion.  Thus, communion’s a relationship:

  • that grows, nearer still (emphasis Sara’s)
  • that’s cultivated in hiddenness – when no one’s looking
  • accessed not just when we feel we need His help, but at odd times punctuating agenda-driven days
  • deeply feeding the recipient in a way productivity and accomplishment simply cannot

Hence, Sara describes our relationship with God as “what a waste” – a beautiful waste.  So when the onlookers question Mary’s extravagance (“Why this waste”), the wrapped condemnation in their question.  Yet, Mary found what mattered.  And she developed a habit of this as she uncapped her love for Jesus.

In conclusion, the author states, Jesus acclaimed Mary’s choice to pour oil on His feet (Matthew 26:13).  Today, Jesus invites us to make the same choice.  He invites us to “live by a reckless love — even, and perhaps especially, in our hiddenness.”

Today’s question: How would you complete this sentence?  I find ________ most helpful in quieting my insides enough.  Please share.

Tomorrow’s blog: “Itching to climb out of the hidden place”

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