Communication is usually the key. The necessary ingredient in relationship.
This is true with my husband and me. Misunderstandings come up, and life gets a bit too full, and before we know it, we can lose touch, finding ourselves wondering why we feel unrest, a lack of peace, and joy in our relationship.
And when I'm feeling dry, and distant from God, it's usually the missing ingredient. I've either neglected to spend time reading His thoughts, or been too busy to slow my mind and heart to the point where I can really listen and hear when He is saying. And then I find myself not wanting to share my thoughts with Him, thinking instead that I can handle things on my own.
As the level of communication fades, we lose touch. And we lose perspective. The sense of companionship is gone, and we lose our way. It may feel right for awhile, but sooner or later, we find ourselves on a path that is leading us in the opposite direction of where we really long to go.
"Keep company with Me,
and you'll learn to live freely and lightly."
(from Matthew 11:28-30 MSG)
Keeping company with someone we love, a continual dialogue, listening to our Creator, reading His Words, listening to His Spirit within us, bringing our concerns to Him instead of worrying, thanking Him for His gifts - a two-way dialogue. Every day, all day, "without ceasing". (I Thess. 5:17)
There is so much to learn about this precious privilege of prayer, but at the very core is this one thing - relationship, keeping company with. Real heart-to-heart communication; the connecting of hearts that is so essential to oneness.
"In closeness to Me, you are safe.
In the intimacy of My Presence, you are energized.
No matter where you are in the world,
you know you belong when you sense My nearness.
Ever since the Fall, man has experienced
a gaping emptiness that only My Presence can fill.
I designed you for close communication with your Creator."
Loving Lord, thank You for continually bringing me back to the heart of prayer. For pulling me away from the "to do" list of prayer, and drawing me back to relationship, to First Love.
(Photo above taken on beautiful, restful Cape Cod during our recent trip through the New England states - spending time in close connection with my husband, and with God.)