I'm back to a more normal schedule once again. W'hoo! George made an interesting comment the other day. Finding the balance when one is very busy is always the hard part of life. I'd have to agree with him. It is easy to hear God and keep him in your mind when you are living at a leisurely pace. To hear God in the stillness is easy. To hear him among the racket of our daily life is another thing entirely.
Yet it is possible to maintain the consciousness of God in a busy schedule. For me, this requires taking at least ½ hour each afternoon to "re-center" on God. During my lunch break I'd walk over to a nearby park, find a relatively quiet spot and meditate on the Lord for a while.
Sometimes the Lord would speak to my soul and other times I would simply feel his presence surrounding me. In the midst of a busy city park, I communed with the Lord as if I were in a temple, sanctuary or cathedral.
Living a life of devotion to God does take some effort. It takes the effort of pushing the business aside and taking the time to simply be with the Lord throughout your day. I can't say what that looks like for anyone other than myself. I have several times each day where I set aside time to connect with God.
Regardless of how busy I get, these simple times of devotion (Not devotions in the standard sense of evangelical Christianity.) allow me to remain connected with God. They are the intentional Thin~Spaces of my daily routine. These are times where I intentionally open myself up to the presence and majesty of God whom is both immanent yet transcendent.
Setting aside times of concentrated focus allows me to see and be aware of the Thin~Spaces that happen all around me during the day. These times open up a sensitivity to the presence of God in my mundane activities and interactions with people. I see the world though an entirely different perspective.
Regardless of how busy I am, my awareness remains tuned to the activity of God all around me. My intentional Thin~Spaces constitute a practice of the presence of God in Brother Lawrence's language. To keep God ever before you and in your mind, being, awareness and daily routine is the heart of Christ-Following in my book.
I'm not talking about becoming an Urban or Suburban monk. I'm talking about living a life of devotion to God. This is not a life of adding religious activities to your our schedule to be a good Christ-Follower. I'm more concerned with a heart that seeks communion with God throughout the day.
During the last week I was reminded of just how hard of a balance this is to maintain. Our busy schedules pull us away from our relationships and often times undermine the very foundation of our lives. Cultivating sensitivity to the Spirit of God seems to be easier when we have lots of available time but it becomes a necessity as our schedules fill with activity.
I guess that's why people became monks in the first place; to escape the maddening pace of society. If keeping ones heart and consciousness open to God though out the day is the heart of a monastic lifestyle. Then just maybe I am talking about the monastic ideal after all.