Be open, receive and act

“All that is required of us is the openness to receive what we can and then act on it.  

But, we must act on what we have and be where we, in reality, are.”  

(p. 23 of Opening to God: Lectio Divina and Life as Prayer by David Benner)

It was on a retreat at St. Andrew’s in Valyermo, CA when I was reading a devotional book and I stopped at this line.  I am someone who wants to hear God speak but has a challenging time slowing down enough to hear him.  To really take small and larger chunks of time to create space to I can receive from him and hear him speak to me.  Yet, there are times when I do take the time to hear from him and enjoy receiving from him.  It might be an sense of encouragement or comfort.  Other times its a sense of the beginning of an idea.

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The reason I am sharing this quote is because God impressed upon me, using this line, the important thing is to act on what I have received from him.  Too often I just receive it and don’t act.  I may not act because that act will take courage and I fear failing or “doing something wrong,” in the eyes of another person.

God used this quote to strike deep into my heart.  It was both a challenge and comfort all wrapped up in one moment.  With God it is often that way for me.

If I were to put it into words I would translate it this way.

“John, thank you for your willingness to be open to me and learn how to receive from me.  When you receive from me I do want you to act on what you hear from me.  Otherwise how will you grow in receiving from me.  Often the next time you’ll receive from me is when I guide you after you act on what you sense to be true.  T

his is the way to life in me.  I am with you and you are in me.  Lets go.”

This reflection and sharing of it is one of my first acts of courage to act on what I sense from God.  I will act on what I know to be true – as humbly as I can – and leave the outcomes to him.

*NOTE: This was originally written on Aug 9, 2013.  I am finally posting it here.