5. Finally, those who are questioning God in some way, or even the very existence of God, can find it very difficult to continue spiritual practices. However, the right practices help provide a space to be active in the questions, rather than passive. Space can be created in our day and week to let our questions, curiosity and even doubts expand our minds and hearts.
Personally, at times, I’ve been right there with all five of these observations.
I’ve struggled to pray when I didn’t know if there was a God actually listening.
I’ve felt I was going through the motions—only to find that the chaotic motion of life needed these practices to keep me grounded.
I’ve had habits that were life giving, but then found a new season upset the apple cart. I had to figure out the new rhythms that created the space for my joy, sorrow, questions, praise, gratitude, anger, lament and grief.
What does that space look like for you right now?
In my experience, there is no right or wrong way to fill that space…but not having it can be a disaster.
Don’t get me wrong, creating space for spiritual practices won’t make God love you more.
Failing to do so won’t make God love you less.
It’s about the best life you can live.
It’s about being connected to who you are and Whose you are.
It’s about having a time to enlarge your heart and mind to exist in a world filled with anxiety, tension and dissension.
It’s about actually having the capacity to love like Jesus:
Love our neighbor. Love our enemy. Love our family we disagree with. Love those whose politics are opposite of ours.
Capacity for that kind of love doesn’t happen by accident.