“There is an ancient legend that holds that when an infant is created, God kisses its soul and sings to it. The legend says God’s kiss and His song, as well as the song of the angel, remain in that soul forever – to be called up, cherished, shared and to become the basis of all our songs. But to feel that kiss, to hear that song, requires solitude…. The sound of God’s heartbeat is audible only in a certain solitude and in the gentleness it brings.” Prayer Our Deepest Longing
Have you been kissed by God lately? Have you heard Him tell you He loves you lately? Have you sat intimately with Him, allowing His embrace so that you could hear His heartbeat.
I think the quote from the book “Prayer Our Deepest Longing” is such a beautiful image of the love of God as our creator and how intimate His relationship has been with us from the time we were formed.
Today, as I contemplated that image in the solitude of my heart, I realized that not only do I long and desire this intimate relationship with God but I also long and desire it with my earthly relationships. I realize that no one on this earth can possess the unconditional love God has for me but I also recognize that there are people in my life that imitate this intimacy of God through Christ in them.
As I have matured in my life and embraced my journey with Christ, I realize how important each person in my life is. Discerning my friendships and those that help guide my direction in my life has become very important. When a doctor performs surgery or any procedure for that matter, he has a set of instruments that are necessary to do the task that he needs to accomplish. The same is the case with an orchestra. To play a certain melody that resonates beautiful sound, the orchestra has to have certain instruments that precisely play certain notes at particular times. I think our friendships and other relationships are instruments in our lives that help guide us in directions that resonate with the very heartbeat of God and “His song” in us. Perhaps, it is in our solitude that we can truly hear the sound of His heartbeat, hear that song and embrace His kiss.
In my life, discerning the relationships that are healthy, the instruments in my journey, has been critical for me to ascend to this summit of solitude where I can lay on the chest of my Lord and hear His heartbeat and embrace His kiss.
After reading the excerpt of this ancient legend in “Prayer Our Deepest Longing,” I know that His song and His kisses that remain in my soul have been called up, cherished and shared in the intimacy of my dear brothers and sisters I have connected with in my walk with God. Each of my sisters and brothers are the instruments in the song God played for me during my creation as His beautiful daughter. And each of your brothers and sisters that are in your life guiding you along your journey with Christ are the instruments in the orchestra God created just for you to hear His harmonious heartbeat in the beautiful song they play. Embrace your sisters and brothers that guide you closer to God along your faith journey. Share the kiss of the Lord with each of them.