So I think the "more God, less Jim", should just be "more God". How do I get closer to God when it is something I cannot totally comprehend? Or worse, spend time defining, analyzing, and even attacking, ownership of theological bullet points floating around in the world? To try to do so with contentment as guide and find purchase in the shadow of God's love?
It is incomprehensible to me that something probably so simple is so hard to obtain and understand. A place without borders, no starting line, no finish line, no Indianapolis 500 - no line at all.
One way I'm exploring to get there is through a group at my church in contemplative prayer. It is an attempt to shutdown conscientious thoughts, open up, and let God be experienced. The process is easy - if you are reading this and I know you - zoning out is not a major problem for you...:). The rewards are not immediate, but can be deep. If interested, contact me.
"I heard a nice little story," Morrie says. He closes his eyes for a moment and I wait.
"Okay. The story is about a little wave, bobbing along in the ocean, having a grand old time. He's enjoying the wind and the fresh air - until he notices the other waves in front of him, crashing against the shore.
"My God, this is terrible," the wave says. "Look what's going to happen to me!'
"Then along comes another wave. It sees the first wave looking grim and says to him, "Why do you look so sad?"
"The first wave says, 'You don't understand! We're all going to crash! All of us waves are going to be nothing! Isn't it terrible?"
"The second wave says, 'No, you don't understand. You're not a wave, you're part of the ocean.'"
-Tuesdays With Morrie by Mitch Albom