I was anxious to hike into the woods this morning. It was one of those splendid sunny but cold winter mornings. With a fresh coat of crystal on the ground I stood out in contrast to a background of light. My exposure to the sun, with shadow either following or leading, seemed to leave my soul open to an ever present beam reaching into the depths of my heart.
To quiet my mind and revel in the majesty of the Creator on such a wonderful day occupied my mind’s focus. The forest was quiet – no distractions there to turn off. Trekking into the woods meant leaving behind the noise that besets any other hour of life. But turning off my own voice – this is different. Dialing down the self talk, filtering out my thoughts to simply marvel in the Creator – an elusive objective?
In His private place of quiet on the trail, the Almighty begins to speak. The message is not new; it’s just out in the open in this sun drenched time alone with Him. Pastor’s Sunday message came to mind. God’s words became the examining thought. God waits for the time when I give Him my attention to examine me like those piercing sun rays.
Examine yourselves as to whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Do you not know yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you?—unless indeed you are disqualified. (2 Corinthians 13:5 NKJV)
Before God I began to ask the hard questions regarding my spiritual walk. Being honest before His searching light leaves nothing unexposed. Will God accept me or reject me? I must resist the temptation to rationalize. God’s grace still demands that I seek Him and present to Him a blameless heart. And what do I do with this examination. Whatever it might be, I was reminded; do not procrastinate in setting your spiritual walk on the right path.
Thank God for the quiet. Thank God for a timely message. Thank God for sending a light into my soul and finding Christ in me. Thank God for the continuing examination to make me a worthy follower of Christ.