My soul yearns for you in the night,
my spirit within me earnestly seeks you. (Isaiah 26:9a NRSV)
In Brother Lawrence’s third conversation with his visitor, he explains the foundation of his practice of seeking GOD continually, and the gentle grace of turning back to God after a period of neglect.
” . . .that the foundation of the spiritual life in him had been a high notion and esteem of GOD in faith; which when he had once well conceived, he had no other care at first, but faithfully to reject every other thought, that he might perform all his actions for the love of GOD. That sometimes he had not thought of GOD for a good while, he did not disquiet himself for it; but after having acknowledged his wretchedness to GOD, he returned to Him with so much the greater trust in Him . . .”
His awareness of his wretchedness in forgetting GOD, compels him to seek GOD all the more. He goes on to share the joys of trusting GOD.
“That the trust we put in GOD honours him much, and draws down great graces.”
To seek GOD is to trust Him. To trust GOD is to love Him. To love GOD is to seek Him.
Trust God from the bottom of your heart;
don’t try to figure out everything on your own.
Listen for God’s voice in everything you do, everywhere you go;
he’s the one who will keep you on track.
(Proverbs 3:5-6 The Message)