Frank Laubach set out to keep God in his thoughts on a consistent basis. Here is how he describes his experience:
I am like an oarsman rowing against a current. My will-pressure must be gentle but constant, to listen to God, to pray for others incessantly, to look at people as souls and not as clothes, or bodies, or even minds. The moment the pressure on the oar ceases, I drift, and downward… “Let go and let God” does not fit my experience. “Take hold and keep hold of God” is what it feels like to me. There is a will-act, and I can feel the spiritual muscles growing from the rowing!
While I do not resonate with all of Laubach’s methods or conclusions, I definitely resonate with the feeling that in the spiritual life there is a will-act involved in remaining in close communion with God. So I thought it would be informative to reach out and ask others:
- does this quote match your experience?
- if so, how do you daily seek to keep hold of God?
I’ll add a disclaimer that I recognize it is God who holds us and not the other way around But truth be told I generally do not feel like a passive recipient of God’s indwelling. I feel much more like a rower steadily rowing against the current of this world as I seek the treasure I have in Christ.