Our own in-the-midst-of-the-world-cloister, we said last time, is genuine "enclosure," one that goes beyond all of our loftiest mental images. As a cloistered nun or monk lives within a specific area known as the cloister, we can make a specific choice to live in the safest spiritual place on earth.
We can accept God's grace to live within the loving embrace of His will.
How is this different from the invitation God issues to everyone? It is not different at all. We are each given a generous invitation to live within God's will, and we are each free to respond. The cloistered heart analogy is simply one way of envisioning
God placed the first human beings on this earth and gave instructions on how to live (Genesis
2:16-17). It was pretty simple, really, and absolutely do-able. God
said, in essence: here is all you will ever need. A splendid bounty.
You don't even have to work for it. All I ask is that you trust Me,
trust that I know what's best for you, and just do not eat of that one
single solitary tree.
All these millenia later, we still face the same basic choice. Because
of that first move out of the will of God, we were not born into Eden - but thanks to Our
Savior, we do have an eternal world of glory awaiting us. And we also have an opportunity to live, even on earth, in
the best location possible. A place from which we can look with
anticipation toward our eternal Home. A place in which we can be
assured that God is ordering our circumstances (even when we see them as
painful or murky) toward nothing but good.
It is all so basic. We are issued an invitation. Our Lord Jesus Christ suffered and died to provide all the grace we need to accept it.
How will we respond?
Suggested links from our archives:
Location, Location, Location
Just Having a Look
(portions of this post were taken from our archives)
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