Nathanael said to him, “How do you know me?” Jesus answered him, “Before Philip called you, when you were under the fig tree, I saw you.” John 1:48
Hugh of St. Victor (ca. 1096-1141)
“Meditation is sustained thought alone planned lines…Meditation takes its start from reading but is bound by none of reading’s rules or precepts. For it delights to range along open ground, where it fixes its free gaze upon the contemplation of truth, drawing together now these, now those causes of things, or now penetrating into profundities, leaving nothing doubtful, nothing obscure. The start of learning, thus, lies in reading, but its consummation lies in meditation.”
Time to think. Time to mull. Time to sketch diagrams, make lists, jot down observations. Then time to ponder all that. What minister would not long to have more such time available to him! Ministers are so busy and so much on the go, that it can be very difficult to find any extended time for meditation. But Jesus did, and so should we. Meditation is key to sorting through things in order to see what we’re learning or discover where we need to grow. Make sure there’s plenty of time for meditation in your program of growing in the Lord.
How might you begin to find a little more time for meditation in your busy schedule?
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