Saturday, January 26, 2013

Study Tour of the Soul


Taking time out to invert the noisy plexus that is the average human life, a ‘study tour’ of the self is embarked on. What found us here is the irrefutable revelation of God—no matter how self-conceived it seems it was.
The very idea to take stock of what’s never been previously enquired of is at first strange, yet soothing, as the Lord makes known the precious vestiges of the soul’s fabric on many things.
Suddenly our minds are enlivened in a world beyond the world.
We track the light fantastic as it reveals itself on our insight. Our spirits are quickened to the reality of eternal life—even as it resides, taking its shape, in our mortal beings.
Suddenly, fresh thought is hastened and we realise how fragile, yet somehow real, life happens to be. Then we venture further inward to the quest we began with; an honest starting point, prepared to tackle anything required.
We want to know ourselves.
We want to truly experience things like wisdom, so as to know, beyond doubt, everything we can know about life so as not to miss anything we shouldn’t miss out on. Life has become more meaningful than ever, lately.
This period of self-reflection is the catalyst to something brand spanking new. We’ve never quite seen life this way before. And perhaps it is pain that has brought us here. So be it.
Taking this study tour of our souls, as we take the hand of God and journey with Divine Presence, we are edified on things very few human beings are shown.
We are shown because we are ready.
We realise it’s our open and surrendered heart, and a receptive mind, that brings us to this place of God’s blessing. And how could we not be thankful? Of course, we are!
Everything about this study tour of the soul is open-ended.
God sets the rules and we’re pleased just to walk with him on this journey of special revelation. Having once taken this journey we can take it again and again, but the real beauty of this journey is the imprint it believes on our memory.
A glimpse of eternal life is the plain knowledge of ourselves in the sight of God.  A study tour of our souls gets us closer there.
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God is about transformation and a study tour of our souls transforms us, not only in the knowledge of God, but in our knowledge of ourselves in the sight of God. It’s amazing that oftentimes it is pain, burden, hardship, or difficulty which are the catalyst to the study tour of the soul. Get the opportunity—take it with both hands.
© 2013 S. J. Wickham.

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