Standing Before God is Not The Spiritual Journey’s End

“We read in Exodus how Moses ascended Mount Sinai found a place where he could stand before God. This was no abiding place but merely a temporary resting place, for a soul’s quest never ends, even in God’s presence. Contemplation is not the condition of one who has finished seeking. On the contrary, ‘to see God is precisely this, that the desire to see will never be satisfied.’ Possession is not immobility. Striving may cease, but the soul shall continue unremittingly, unerringly, from vision to vision, from splendor to splendor.” (George A Barrois, Pathways of the Inner Life: An Anthology of Christian Spirituality, p 40)

Spiritual growth never ends.  To be in a place where we know God’s presence and we stand before the Triune God, we are not, as Barrois says, in an “abiding place.”  It is not a place we can stay and from which we can never move.  For being in the presence of God will be for us the place of endless spiritual growth.

It perhaps is the experience of a person traveling on a beam of light at light speed.  Future and present, time and eternity, space and its Creator, distant and immanent will all be experienced in a new way.

And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being changed into his likeness from one degree of glory to another; for this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit.”  (2 Corinthians 3:18)


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