Unhurried That I Might See God

A.W. Tozer’s mystical bent drew him to Frederick Faber’s poetry. Faber and Tozer shared the belief that cultivating a personal knowledge of the holy requires time. A hurried man or woman cannot synchronize with the eternal now.

John Ortberg  asked a wise friend, What do I need to do to be spiritually healthy? Long pause. “You must ruthlessly eliminate hurry from your life,” he said at last. Another long pause. “Okay, I’ve written that one down,” I told him, a little impatiently. “That’s a good one. Now what else is there?” Another long pause. “There is nothing else,” he said. “You must ruthlessly eliminate hurry from your life.”

Faber wrote about unhurriedness in God’s presence.

Only to sit and think of God, Oh what a joy it is!

To think the thought, to breathe the Name; Earth has no higher bliss.

Father of Jesus, love’s reward! What rapture will it be,

Prostrate before Thy throne to lie, and gaze and gaze on Thee.

I love Thee so, I know not how my transports to control;

Thy love is like a burning fire within my very soul.

O Spirit, beautiful and dread, my heart is fit to break,

With love of all Thy tenderness for us poor sinners’ sake.

Tozer comments on Faber’s lyrics. “Men of the breaking hearts had a quality about them not known to or understood by common men. They habitually spoke with spiritual authority. They had been in the Presence of God and they reported what they saw there. They were prophets, not scribes, for the scribe tells us what he has read, and the prophet tells what he has seen.

The distinction is not an imaginary one. Between the scribe who has read and the prophet who has seen there is a difference as wide as the sea. We are today overrun with orthodox scribes, but the prophets, where are they? The hard voice of the scribe sounds over evangelicalism, but the Church waits for the tender voice of the saint who has penetrated the veil and has gazed with inward eye upon the Wonder that is God. And yet, thus to penetrate, to push in sensitive living experience into the holy Presence, is a privilege open to every child of God.”

The message to me? Oh to seek and find God, to see so that I might share what I’ve seen and not just what I’ve read.

Posted in Staublog in January 31, 2012 by | 9 Comments »

9 Responses to Unhurried That I Might See God

  1. ST013112 | Dick Staub on January 31, 2012 at 9:10 am

    [...] John Ortberg: What did I need to do, I asked a wise friend, to be spiritually healthy? “You must ruthlessly eliminate hurry from your life.” Read More. [...]

  2. Kathleen on January 31, 2012 at 9:13 am

    Dick, this very day was the day I needed this especially. Evermore, thanks.

  3. chris elms on January 31, 2012 at 2:56 pm

    Am I hurrying to write this comment.
    Less than usual.

    And what about those weird souls who move a pen across the paper so slowly that letters
    and words appear, as if through a smudge darkly…..legible, legible at last.

  4. Dick Staub on January 31, 2012 at 4:39 pm

    I love it Chris…You always slow me down (against my passionate protestations). If we could only live what we know.

  5. Brian on February 3, 2012 at 2:31 pm

    The world is becoming obsessed with speed and efficiency. This is something that Christians must fight against. God is neither fast nor efficient. I have found that the closer I get to Him the slower my life goes. Faber’s poem is far from efficient, but it is the delight of God for His children to sit with Him in His presence. An unhurried, contemplative life may be strange to many Americans but it’s well worth it.

  6. Redemption Time « chocolateseoul on February 5, 2012 at 10:43 am

    [...] the Chief has his best thoughts in the shower. I have mine on my commute. It is a pocket of unhurried time and one where I needn’t be fully awake to the sights and sounds around me. So I take my [...]

  7. Chuck Finster on February 10, 2012 at 6:53 pm

    I would like to register for the March 16, 2012Kindlings Muse Event at First Presbyterian Church of Berkeley, but I am unable to find on the webpage a place to register. Help!
    Chuck Finster
    Walnut Creek, CA
    Gfinster@aol.com

  8. Jon Hirst on February 23, 2012 at 10:38 am

    Thanks for this reminder of the role of patience and stillness before God. I wonder if in our passion to be On Call in Culture, we forget what gives us the authority to reach out and make a difference. Without that passion, do we have the ability to bless the world?

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