"Just as in earthly life lovers long for the moment when they are able to breathe forth their love for each other, to let their souls blend in a soft whisper, so the mystic longs for the moment when in prayer he can, as it were, creep into God." ~ Soren Kierkagaard (1813-1885)
I recently found this quote from Soren Kierkagaard, a Danish philosopher in a blog I penned years ago. As I read retro words, I have to smile. My longing to "creep into God" still presses me hard beyond the veil. Every taste, and all that I drink, every new delight and experience in Christ, every word and promise Spirit whispers into my being -- all these and more -- only increase my thirst for God.
In Christ the veil is torn. His kingdom comes. His will is done. Heaven invades earth, and the two become one. Jesus in me--the hope of glory--invades my spirit, soul and body.
Jesus was so into His Father that He claimed: to know Him was to know the Father (John 8:19.) Before He went to the cross He talked with His Abba:
Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me
...may [they] be one as we are one—I in them and you in me so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.
... Righteous Father,...I have made you known to them, and will continue to make you known in order that the love you have for me may be in them and that I myself may be in them.
~John 17:21-24 NIV
With great hope I put my trust in Jesus and the words he prayed, and re-post an excerpt of my own, retro and re-polished:
From Creeping Into God
June 1, 2007
When I gaze into a breathtaking sunset, or look at the indescribable beauty in the petals of a flower, or delight in the glory beams breaking through a canopy of leaves overhead, I think, "Is it possible that I could just disappear into the One who orchestrated all this loveliness that surrounds me?"
There are other moments, precious as well, when friends and I sing our hearts out in love songs to Jesus. And He comes.
When Jesus comes, it's all about Him. No longer do I remember the bad day at work, or the yellow haze of pollen floating outside and making me sneeze, or how the girls complained about the casserole I made for dinner. I lose all thoughts of worry, pain, hunger and strife as I press into the source of all my satisfaction and delight.
When Jesus comes, I lose awareness of myself and everyone else in the room for that matter. There is a unity of spirit --a oneness of body--that comes to hungry hearts who worship together in spirit and truth.
When Jesus comes I forget to breathe. I am no longer me. I'm an eagle soaring on the wind into the sun.
I wonder if Enoch felt like this when he walked with God -- faithfully, and then no more, because God took him away.
I've been thinking about this friendship with God, our God who is so brilliant an artist--the Author of Life himself--that He paints across nature into our lives a portrait of Himself. Who is He really?
How much more of Him is there to know?
Is He as close to me as my next breath?
How deep into His presence can I go?
How am I changed from glory to glory?
Shall I live the mystery of Enoch?
Who can tell the story?
Ponder this: He who unites himself with the Lord is one with him in spirit." (1 Corinthians 6:17 NIV)
If the Spirit of God lives within me, and I am in Christ the Son, just as He is in the Father, and He and the Father are one, doesn't it seem that I am already there? In God?
I am convinced. It is possible to creep into God! And become so full of Him that we walk in a higher realm, that of the kingdom. When we enter into God's heart we see as He sees. We love as He loves. We become as He is in this world. And our spirit flies!
There is a highway of God where the enemy cannot come near us--it is the Way of holiness and love--and boasts the name of the Son, Jesus. This is what God planned for us all along: To walk as Enoch walked, one day barefoot in the dirt, and the next, swallowed up by Love.
Can you envision yourself? A little child, trusting, vulnerable, precious, toddling to your heavenly Father, crawling up into his lap, and getting wrapped snug in His arms of love, comfort and security? I want to run there, and take everyone with me, there where I'm lost and found and far away from all the worries and cares of this life, there in that hidden and wonderful place where we are known and loved and changed to be like Him.
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