Well, this has certainly been a space of time. If anyone is really there reading this, my apologies. The fall has seen more travel and work than I anticipated and so blogging has been lowered on the ladder of essential activities. I am finishing this trilogy here on intimacy and will start with a series called; Seven Parables of a Perfected Marriage on the next blog.
We left off with my narrative about my time with the rain forest Indians and my realization that the force of God’s love was truly the most astonishing thing in the Universe to create change. Now, jump ahead in my life four years to July 11, 2009 in Kuldigas, Latvia. I had returned from a U.S. tour to Munich with only 17 hours to unpack, pack and be off on another airplane to Latvia and begin a two week teaching and directing stint. I was exhausted when I arrived in Latvia and on the one and a half hour’s drive from the airport to Kuldigas, I closed my eyes and whispered a small, simple prayer. “My Lord, Latvia has always been a place of spiritual favors for me. I am so tired. Please visit me here so I can work with strength and joy”. When we arrived in Kuldigas, I ate and went immediately to bed.
I awoke in the morning with a strange awareness. I was asked to preach in the service and started to prepare myself. I was quite distracted by this awareness which consisted of a lightness of spirit, a persistent giggle in my soul, and a sense of deep nourture in my body. I couldn’t define anything, but it grew in me until finally, I was standing at the pulpit in the midst of my preaching and stopped dead. The light went on and my eyes opened big and for a moment I was silent. He had come. I had asked for a visit and He was here. There was no doubt in my mind. I was flabbergasted!
God makes it clear in His word that we are to have access to Him. He insists on speaking of this access in terms of our five senses. We are to see Him, taste of Him, smell His fragrance, touch Him, hear Him. It is clear that we are to discover His presence in our world by finding Him through our five senses. St. Thomas Aquinas speaks so clearly on this issue: