Posted by: Omar C. Garcia | March 13, 2014

Letters by a Modern Mystic

One of the most comforting thoughts to me is knowing that God thinks about me all the time. According to the Scriptures, we are the objects of God’s constant care and concern. The great King David realized this and lived his life, for the most part, with the awareness that God loved and thought about him. In Psalm 139:17-18, David expressed this great truth in this way.

“How precious also are Thy thoughts to me, O God!
How vast is the sum of them!
If I should count them, they would outnumber the sand.
When I awake, I am still with Thee.”

David understood that God thinks about us all the time. His thoughts toward us are, in fact, so numerous that if we attempted to count them they would be more than all the grains of sand on all the world’s seashores. How amazing is that! And, God does not stop thinking about us when we go to sleep at night. Because “He who keeps Israel will neither slumber nor sleep” (Ps. 121:4), He is up all night thinking about us. And, when we awake in the morning, we find that He is still thinking about us.

One of the most disturbing thoughts to me is knowing that I do not think about God all the time. While I think about Him a lot throughout the day, there are too many hours and moments when He is absent from my thoughts because I am too absorbed in the daily grind of life. How easy it is to allow a multitude of distractions to push thoughts about God into the recesses of our minds.

Letters by a Modern Mystic CoverI recently read “Letters by a Modern Mystic” by Frank C. Laubach, a book that has convicted and challenged me to become more intentional about living in a conscious moment-by-moment communion with God. Laubach, a missionary to the Philippines in the 1930’s, made it his life experiment to think about God every waking moment. He chronicled his struggles to draw closer to God and to think about Him every moment of the day in letters that he wrote to his father.

Each chapter of the book are excerpts of Laubach’s letters to his father. The letter format of the chapters make them all the more intimate and enjoyable to read. I read each chapter as though I were the recipient of the letter and found myself rereading them just as I might reread a personal letter. Laubach’s honesty and transparency are refreshing. He wrote to his dad about his triumphs and failures as well as the processes that led him to attempt his grand experiment.

Laubach has indeed challenged me to go beyond in my relationship with God. I am thankful for the things I have gleaned from his letters that will help me to move toward a greater moment-by-moment awareness of God and His presence. Although I have a long way to go, I will try to celebrate my small successes and not allow the weight of my failures to stop me in my tracks. Living with a greater awareness of God’s presence will continue to be a lifelong pursuit.


Responses

  1. What a worthy goal, to live in constant communion with our Father. I can’t say my communion is constant, but in the last few years, it has become much more consistent. I’ve often wondered what someone does who is confronted by a sudden challenge or threat, and who has no open channel of communication with God, no pathway to ask for help, That must be the most lonely feeling in the world.

    • Amen, Lanni. Frank Laubach published many books during his lifetime including a few on how to live in constant communion with God, something that made a huge difference in his life and ministry.


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