Before a word is on my tongue You, LORD, know it completely. Search me, O God, and know my heart! Try me and know my thoughts! And see if there be any grievous way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting! Keep your heart with all vigilance, for from it flow the springs of life. Every way of Man is right in his own eyes, but The Lord weighs the heart.
God Knows our thoughts! Before a word is uttered it is known! That is why we are given the gift of contemplation!
Contemplation refers to a content-free mind directed towards the awareness of God as a living reality. Contemplation calms our mind and spirit. Thus, it can help us relieve worries and stress. It also leaves room for our mind to wander and then to focus again. This helps us clarify our thoughts and have new ideas.
St. Paul tells us in his letter to the Galatians that such things as Love, joy, peace, gentleness, faithfulness, generosity, self-control, patience, and kindness are fruits of The Spirit. It’s not surprising then that practitioners of contemplative prayer exhibit these characteristics. It happens when prayer becomes, wholly and utterly, the flow of God’s grace, transforming the land it flows through, like Ezekiel’s stream.
EZEKIEL sees yet another marvel in his temple vision: There is a stream flowing from the sacred structure! Just picture him tracing the course of that crystal-clear water. (Read Ezekiel 47:1-12.) It trickles out from the threshold of the sanctuary; then it emerges from the temple complex near the eastern gate. Ezekiel’s angelic guide leads him away from the temple, measuring the distance as they go. The angel repeatedly has Ezekiel pass through the water, and the prophet finds that it deepens rapidly, soon becoming a torrent that he could cross only if he were to plunge in and swim!
Ezekiel learns that the river flows into the Dead Sea and heals its salty, lifeless waters wherever the water of the river comes in contact with them, making the waters teem with fish. And along the riverbanks, he sees many trees of all sorts growing. Each month, they produce a new crop of nourishing fruit, and they sprout leaves that provide healing. Seeing all of this must have filled Ezekiel’s heart with peace and hope. But what did this part of the temple vision mean for him and his fellow exiles? And what does it mean for us today? The Spirit as we shared above.
Watch/mind your words… they define you. Watch Your Thoughts, They Become Words; Watch Your Words, They Become Actions.
Father LORD, Your Word states:
Be careful what you think, because your thoughts run your life. Don’t use your mouth to tell lies; don’t ever say things that are not true. Keep your eyes focused on what is right, and look straight ahead to what is good. Proverbs 4:23-25
When negativity or doubt try to take up space in our minds—we must counter those thoughts with God’s Word and speak His truth to every lie. Our Heavenly Father declares that we are seen, we are Loved, and we are forgiven.
Father Guide every thought in my heart to bring You glory. By Your grace, what I sow, I will reap. Father, guide my ALL I pray in Jesus’ Name, Amen.