And Gabriel… came to me in swift flight at the time of the evening sacrifice. He came and said to me, “Daniel, I have now come out to give you wisdom and understanding.” --Daniel 9:21-22
We have all had spiritual experiences. We have known moments of awe that have taken us outside of ourselves and thrust us into a world of mystery that feels like a swirling mist hovering over a lake in early morning. We may not immediately have discerned that we were having a spiritual experience. We may have been hesitant to give verbal expression to the experience lest others perceive us as a fanatic. We may have tried to deny the experience by reminding ourselves that we are not the kind of people who see visions and give in to things that cannot be explained and verified. We may have been at a loss as to how to make sense of what we had received – feeling that we had no language or experience to understand what was happening.
When we have these moments of sacred intimacy, we are tempted to simply move quickly forward into other more familiar patterns of thinking and feeling. Yet, spiritual experiences, visions, and revelations are a part of what it means to be a creature of God. There is no need to try to keep them at arm’s length, or shove them away as we would shovel heavy snow down the sidewalk to clear a path to our door. Instead, when a vision, visitation, or revelation comes, we can choose to be quiet with it, and allow it to be truly born in us. We are not alone as we wait. The teaching angel stands ever close to reveal the meaning of the spiritual experience. Are you poised to be internally still in order to hear the teaching angel’s explanation of your visit from God?
O God, when I would run from what I do not understand, calm my clamor and let my soul expand.
These meditations by Renee Miller first appeared at explorefaith.org
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