Someone very close to me once said that meditation was anti-Christian. Their thoughts on this was that meditation is generally associated with far eastern cultures, namely Buddhism. We all know that Buddhist monks can spend years meditating, trying to gain their eternal enlightenment. I can see why people generally associate meditating with anti-Christian thoughts. Did you know that the Bible also speaks of meditating?
My curiosity got the best of me today and I decided to do some research on Christians and meditation. This all started out on a blog post about something called “The Daily Examen” that I read on the Healthy Spirituality blog. (This blog has been added to my blogroll.)
The Daily Examen is a technique of prayerful reflection on the events of the day in order to detect God’s presence and discern his direction for us. The Examen is an ancient practice in the Church that can help us see God’s hand at work in our whole experience. (from Ignatian Spirituality)
Basically, this is a concept used to meditate on God about your daily life. This religious activity was developed by St. Ignatius Loyola as a means to get very close with God, while sharing all of your highs and lows pertaining to a 24 hour period. After reading about “The Daily Examen”, I began to wonder if meditating was actually against Christian beliefs. I know that there are Catholic monks in the world, but I do not have a clue as to what their spiritual walk is like and if they meditate or not.
I finished the book of Genesis today. The one book of the Bible that I always get stuck and quit reading. I finally finished and never got bored! It was actually a great read. The stories of Noah, Abraham, Isaac, and Joseph were truly amazing. It was interesting to learn and see how God worked to prove to each of them that he was the one true God. Each of these guys proved that they had an incredible Faith and commitment to God. Noah worked for 125 years building the Ark. That is commitment.
Noah and his family committed themselves to building the ark for 125 years. People would come by and laugh at him and his family. He was ridiculed for being crazy. Every waking hour of every day, for 125 years, Noah built the ark. God granted Noah and his family life through faith. They believed what the Lord said was true. They also feared the Lord and knew that he could do what he said to Noah. Those living in the area had no Faith.
Faith and Commitment.
I think sometimes we need to step back and question our own Faith and Commitment. Have we committed ourselves enough to allow God the freedom to work in us? Do we actually believe that God will use us for his will? Immediate results may not come, but if we stay strong in Faith, Committed to the overall plan, then great things will be born. Through Abraham, Isaac, and Joseph-these great things took more than a lifetime. Enough came true during their days to keep them faithful and committed to the overall plan. Each of them planted their own seeds and each of their seeds became fruitful and multiplied in the ways that God desired. I think we need to keep planting these seeds and see where they grow…