I was recently reminded of a quote from one of my favorite books. I thought I'd share.
“Shaped from something of earth and something of heaven, we were torn between two worlds. A part of us wanted to hide. A part of us wanted to search.Though we hardly knew where to look.
We painted to see if what was lost was in the picture. We composed to hear if what was lost was in the music. We sculpted to find if what was lost was in the stone. We wrote to discover if what was lost was in the story.
Through art and music and stories we searched for what was missing from our lives….We reach for God in many ways. Through our sculpture and our scripture. Through our pictures and our prayers. Through our writing and our worship.
And through them He reaches for us.
His search begins with something said. Ours begins with something heard. His begins with something shown. Ours begins with something seen. Our search for God and His search for us meet at the windows in our everyday experience. These are the windows of the soul.
In a sense, it is something like spiritual disciplines for the spiritually undisciplined. In another sense, it is the most rigorous of disciplines—the discipline of awareness. For we must always be looking and listening if we are to see the windows and hear what is being spoken to us through them. But we must learn to look with more than just our eyes and listen with more than just our ears, for the sounds are sometimes faint and the sights are sometimes far away. We must be aware, at all times and in all places, because windows are everywhere, and at any time we may find one.
Or one may find us. Though we will hardly know it…unless we are searching for Him who for so long has been searching for us.”
from Windows of the Sould by Ken Gire.