The angel of God came a second time, touched him, and said, "Get up and eat, otherwise the journey will be too much for you."--I Kings 19:7
They know us better than we know ourselves. They know when we are not paying attention to ourselves. And, they know when we are ignoring them. They know when our life is too full, our heart too hurried, our soul too stretched. They have an uncanny wisdom about our life’s journey; what it will require of us and how much of it we can handle before we find our feet teetering at the edge of the abyss of meaningful expectations and mental overload. They are like the nurses in the hospital who refuse to leave the room until they have actually seen the patient actually swallow the pills they have been given. They do not go away until they have not only awakened us from our crazed stupor, but made sure that we have taken the precautions necessary to ensure that we will be able to continue on in the human odyssey. They are, in short, persistent and insistent.
This is its own kind of grace. While we know our limits, we are so often tempted to avoid, deny, or try to reshape those limits in order to accommodate the demands placed on us. The price for this is high. We find ourselves moving through life at breakneck speed, but we lose touch with why we are moving at all. As life spirals out of control, our spirit spirals with it, and we are left as an empty core wondering why we feel we have lost our soul. The balancing angels can be annoying, but they help keep our soul intact. Are you poised to stop ignoring them when they call?
O God, when life has taken away my meaning for living, shake me from my zombie-sleep, so I hear my shy soul’s cry for stillness.
These meditations first appeared at explorefaith.org
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