I was daydreaming on Interstate 40 somewhere between Durham and Raleigh, North Carolina, when a voice interrupted my reverie. It wasn’t an audible voice. And I have no way of knowing whether it was God’s voice, the voice of my own subconscious, or — most likely —both. … The voice spoke clearly from an unknown depth, and it said, “Let me be your Teacher.”
That was a word from the Lord that I am still chewing on, not wanting to let it go before I’ve discovered every implication. One implication showed itself immediately. This word was inviting me to put the brakes on my restless search, to stop reading these kinds of books [on the spiritual life] — at least for a while. … “You are always looking for a new teacher, a new insight, a new way,” the voice seemed to be saying, “but I am the Way, and that is enough. Can you trust that? Everything you need to live life with Me — everything you need to look to Me, receive from Me, and respond to Me with a life of thanksgiving and praise — I myself have already given you. Indeed, I’ve given you myself. So learn from me.”
This word was calling me to rediscover the simple heart of Christian spirituality — in Jesus, God has given us everything we need. Yes, new practices and insights and disciplines can help us more fully discover what God has given in Jesus, but they can easily distract us. Our searching can actaully be an evasion of the simple, though not easy, path of looking at, receiving from, and responding to Jesus.
– L. Roger Owens
What We Need Is Here
From pages 12-13 of What We Need Is Here: Practicing the Heart of Christian Spirituality by L. Roger Owens. Copyright © 2015 by L. Roger Owens. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Upper Room Books. http://bookstore.upperroom.org/ Learn more about or purchase this book.
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Who provides for the raven its prey, when its young ones cry to God, and wander about for lack of food?
Job 38:41, NRSV
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