Leah – She Is Listening
A few years ago I was exhausted physically, emotionally and spiritually. I was managing our property development business at the same time as running our Children’s Ministry at church. We were raising three children, including a newborn, while building a new house. My husband was studying for his MBA and our property development business had been rocked by the GFC.
I had been a Christian since I was a child but at this point in my life I felt like God and I were in a long distance relationship. I felt so dry and empty and I found myself with a longing in my heart to be closer to God. My prayer life had become nothing more than, what I describe as; giving God a grocery list of everything I wanted Him to do for me. Deep in my heart I was longing for more of Him than that.
I also felt that God was calling me to come closer to Him. I had started waking up at night with a sense that God was calling me to be with Him, to come closer and draw nearer to Him. At that time I was reading a book that spoke about meditation. I could see how peaceful and soul refreshing this practice could be but, at the same time, I knew that the spiritual beliefs of eastern and new age meditation are not based on the truth of Jesus Christ. I didn’t want to go down that path. But the thought of being able to sit in God’s presence and have my soul refreshed and strengthened by Him was what I was longing for.
One morning I decided I would respond to the gentle invitation from God. I got up before everyone else in the house, I went into our walk in wardrobe and I shut the door. I sat on the floor and began to meditate on God. It was not about mantras or chakras or emptying my mind. It was simply:
“Be still and know that I am God”.
As I waited in silence, I was overwhelmed with a sense of peace and rest. For 20 minutes I sat in stillness and experienced the character of God, His faithfulness, His love, His strength, His peace. The anxiety and stress that had plagued me for so long melted away as I sat alone with God.
That was the beginning of an incredible, life-changing journey. Over the last three years there have been only a handful of days when I have not meditated. Even if I go away on holidays, I make sure that I schedule it into my day. The time I spend meditating on God, sitting in stillness with Him, is so valuable and refreshing to me. It has transformed my life. It is about stopping the craziness of life, stopping the thoughts and fears racing around my mind and giving my spirit space to breathe and be with God.
I didn’t know anything about God Centred Meditation when I first began but I have since discovered that meditation does not belong to the world, the new age or eastern religions. It belongs to God. It began in the Bible and it is intended as an expression of our relationship with Him. It is a way to connect us to Him more intimately and deeply than anything else can, while we are here on earth. It is not about emptying your mind but rather bringing stillness to your mind and rest to your soul.
To find out more about God Centred Meditation or to contact Leah visit her website at www.godcentredmeditation.com