This quote comes from Ronald Rolheiser’s book, The Shattered Lantern: Rediscovering a Felt Presence of God. This is a wonderful book. I would also recommend Rolheiser’s book, The Holy Longing: The Search for a Christian Spirituality. I will offer some quotes from The Holy Longing in upcoming posts.
“In an analogy that comes from Jesus – “Take the fig tree as a parable; as soon as its twigs grow supple and its leaves come out, you know that summer is near” – letting God be God means undergoing the presence of God as a tree undergoes the presence of summer. The metaphor is simple and perfectly apt: a tree is brought to bloom by summer. It does not understand summer, conceptualize summer, nor is it able to project what summer will do to it; it simply acts under its presence. To let God be God is to live in openness to the mystery of God without limiting the nature or effect of his presence by any expectations or by withdrawal. The task of contemplation is not to specify what conditions must be met before we believe in God’s existence, power, or goodness. Rather the task of contemplation is to let God be God, and like the fig tree, act under his presence. The proper approach to God is not to try and analyze the infinite, but to celebrate it.”*
May we always make it a priority to celebrate God’s presence in our lives, to just live within God’s eternal embrace.
*Rolheiser, Ronald, The Shattered Lantern: Rediscovering a Felt Presence of God, The Crossroad Publishing Company, New York, 2004, pp, 114-115.