More thoughts from Thomas Keating on resting in God:
“The goal is not to ponder on God, but rather to ponder on nothing at all – simply resting in God beyond our ordinary human faculties of thinking and feeling. Methods of prayer that are not inspired by the gospel should not be confused with the intimate dimension that contemplative prayer initiates: resting in the divine presence beyond thoughts and feelings.”
WOW! Is this possible? Is it possible to connect with the Father at a level deeper than thoughts, words are feelings? Paul tells us, “we do not know how to pray as we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words.” (Romans 8:26) Maybe there is a different way to pray than the one we were taught: the method where we spend most of the time giving God our list and telling Him how we think things should work. Maybe just sitting before Him without agenda is something we should consider. Think about every other relationship, what is more restful? Going over the list of things that need to be done around the house, with the kids, at work, etc. or simply being in one another’s presence?
We have the opportunity today to rest in God just by taking time to be with Him. We don’t need to bring our prayer list, our journal or even our Bible. He would be thrilled if we just showed up for a little while to rest in Him.