One of my core Christian values has become "sensitive receptivity." It’s not something I've heard about often, in either culture nor churches, but I’ve discovered that a faith or relationship without sensitive receptivity is riddled with disconnect and self-centeredness. As I’ve learned to actively and intentionally apply it to my relationship with God, it literally changes everything about my life and way of living.
Let my teaching fall like rain and my words descend like dew, like showers on new grass, like abundant rain on tender plants.
– Deuteronomy 32.2
That is one of my favorite descriptions of how God’s voice comes to us: like dew descending on new grass…abundant rain on tender plants. What especially strikes me about this passage from Deuteronomy though is the instruction to Let; "Let my teachings fall like rain and my words descend like dew…” What a gentle and humble request. It’s a revealing insight into the character of God.
Letting God’s influence in my life descend like dew requires the receptive sensitivity I am writing about. It takes sitting, being still and knowing, and being consciously available. Is my life set up in a way that makes me unable to receive God’s gentle whisper? It's a good question I regularly ask myself. I look at my day: How did I wake up? How did I prepare for what’s next? How did I travel? How did I arrive?
Am I moving (mentally and internally) at a pace that does not welcome a gentle descending dew? If so, I must change that. Make an effort. Wake up 20 minutes earlier and let myself spend time cultivating a sensitive to the humble, gentle, and easily ignorable presence and love of God. When I let God be present to me in the morning, it becomes exponentially easier to let God be present to me throughout the day.
Even right now: Let.
Let be and be still, and know, recognize, and understand that I am God.
– Psalm 46.10