One of the first times I heard the phrase, create space, our daughter-in-law was talking to a team of American college students she was leading in China. She was encouraging them to open up time and make space for God to speak. I tuned into those words, as she opened her hands, demonstrating an opening and inviting gesture. God loves to be invited but I don't think he is pushy. Developing a friendship with him works as it does with people. Time, a place, consistency, listening and talking create a space where relationship can form. For me, it took an intentional sitting with my Bible to see what he had to say.
Using one Psalm a day, with open hands, I asked God, "What do you want me to know? Who are you and what do you want me to see?" Deliberately going after him, I feel I have learned much. This search as led me to know that I am dearly loved, accepted, smiled on and treasured by him. I have learned that he cares deeply for the poor and the mistreated and that one day all things will be made right. Grace runs deeply through God's story and I find it everywhere as I read about how Jesus came to do for us what we could not do for ourselves.
This makes me long to offer grace to others who are somewhere along the path searching for him.
Jeremiah 6:16 says: This is what the LORD says: "Stand at the crossroads and look; ask for the ancient paths, ask where the good way is, and walk in it, and you will find rest for your souls."
I've come to believe that we find more than a direction at those crossroads. We find a Father who has been waiting for us and who walks with us and illuminates the path so, together, we find our way.
How do you create space for God to speak to you?