“If you have been in the vicinity of the sacred – ever brushed against the holy – you retain it more in your bones than in your head; and if you haven’t, no description of the experience will ever be satisfactory.” ― Daniel Taylor, In Search of Sacred Places
A world within a world Some can see a world in the labyrinthine whorls of a rose, while others sense it contained within the smallness of a hazelnut. Although it is too vast and complex to be confined inside one thing or one mind, there remains a simplicity bequeathed and revealed to the soul of you and me. A sacred space opens up to the fathomless, the infinite, the large, as our tiny hearts become receptacles enlarged by holy love. A whole universe exists within each one of us, ready to be explored. All we need to offer is our openness, our receptivity is the path whereby universal truth can inhabit our hearts, to be accepted—or ignored. (C) joylenton
“And in this he showed me a little thing, the quantity of a hazelnut, lying in the palm of my hand, as it seemed. And it was as round as any ball. I looked upon it with the eye of my understanding, and thought, ‘What may this be?’ And it was answered generally thus, ‘It is all that is made.’”
“I marvelled how it might last, for I thought it might suddenly have fallen to nothing for littleness. And I was answered in my understanding: It lasts and ever shall, for God loves it. And so have all things their beginning by the love of God. In this little thing I saw three properties. The first is that God made it. The second that God loves it. And the third, that God keeps it.” — Revelations of Divine Love by Julian of Norwich
My friend, you might be feeling alone and far from God right now or fear that He has forgotten you somehow, but that just isn’t true, because we can rely on the promises in His Word that keep us safe and secure.
God never leaves our side for a second, and He finds a million little ways in which to demonstrate His constant presence, tenderness and love to our fragile, hurting hearts.
May you rest in His unconditional love today as you ask Him to open your eyes to the voyage of holy discovery and joy He wants to take you on. With blessings, love, hugs and prayer from this fellow voyager. Xx 🙂 ❤
8 thoughts on “world: a voyage of holy discovery”
Such a loving reminder, Joy ❤️
Thank you, Michael! Mother Julian has much to teach us about discovering God in the ordinary, even though she had extraordinary encounters with Him. 😊❤️
Your poem is a catalyst to peel back the layers of our hearts so we can see the love of God contained therein. Such inspiring thoughts here, my friend 🙂 Blessings to you!
June, I love the poetic resonance of a poem being “a catalyst to peel back the layers of our hearts” in order for us to catch glimpses of “the love of God contained within.” Thank you for that lovely thought. Blessings to you too, dear friend! xo 💜
One way God ‘demonstrates His constant presence’ is through you, dear Joy. Ever deeper… with much love.
Yes, Jenny, it’s a wonder that God’s constant presence can be revealed to us and through us. We might not sense His holy Light shining within ourselves but others notice it, just as I do with you, dear friend. Much love and abundant blessings for the coming weekend. xo 😊💟
“A sacred space opens up
to the fathomless,
the infinite, the large,
as our tiny hearts
enlarged by holy love.” You reveal your own heart filled with love, in every piece of poetry.
Shirley, I’m humbly grateful you sense the heart beyond the words, and how God’s inspiration to me comes across in a loving way. Bless you, dear friend! x 😊💟