For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.
(Jeremiah 29, 11-13)
One of the greatest yet pleasant surprises for people who come to God for the first time and start getting to know Him is that He is not angry. He doesn’t wait for them at the door with a threatening finger; on the contrary – the story of the prodigal father and son is God’s story and each of ours. God thinks good thoughts about you, only good. He even has dreams for you. „Inspire with hope” – sometimes it’s said mockingly that hope is the mother of fools. But God’s hope is the anticipation of the fulfillment of promises, and there are plenty of those that came from God’s mouth. The God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob is the God who wants to find you, to pull you out of every dungeon you’re in. Call out to Him!
‘For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the LORD’
God, synchronize my thoughts with Your thoughts about me! I want to see myself through Your eyes!
For the body: How about surrounding your soul with subtle, soothing sounds? Get comfortable, gradually relax all the tense muscles in your body (don’t forget the jaw), and listen to something like „In the Presence of God” – on YouTube, you’ll find plenty of melodies in that tone, search for „God’s presence, melody.”
As you listen, imagine that each subsequent sound is relaxing your next set of muscles. How to do it? Norman V. Peale used a very apt metaphor in one of his books for body relaxation, namely: imagine you’re a bag of potatoes that is suddenly cut open, and all the potatoes freely spill out!
Give yourself the „bag of potatoes” effect—potatoes that have regained their freedom!