God does not offer Himself to our finite beings as a thing all complete and ready to be embraced. For us, He is eternal discovery and eternal growth. The more we think we understand Him, the more he reveals himself as otherwise. The more we think we hold him, the further He withdraws, drawing us into the depths of himself.*
Teilhard de Chardin
This so fits my own experience of God. The divine-human love affair really is a reciprocal dance. Sometimes, in order for us to step forward, the other partner must step a bit away. The withdrawal is only for a moment, and its purpose is to pull us toward him or her—but it doesn’t feel like that in the moment.
Richard Rohr from The Universal Christ
In Psalms 13:1 David laments, as we humans often do, that God has forgotten us. “How long, O Lord? Will you forget me forever? How long will you hide your face from me?”
I think it is human nature to get out of alignment with who we really are in Christ and focus on what is seen, the actual illusion that is matter, what has already manifested, the conditions around us, instead of staying in the dance stepping forward as God steps back. In Abraham-Hicks terms, this is the leading edge of co-creation, between our inner being and Law of Attraction (which is God in all infinity). As Abraham and Richard Rohr both say, when you “get it” you don’t get a certificate of completion. It’s a moment by moment movement and journey, not a destination.
I think God has no edge, but we certainly do. We stop just before the edge and look at what is already manifested in our lives, tell sad stories of suffering, stuckness of where we’ve been before thereby creating more stuckness. But God is always right there waiting for us to say yes to him in each moment, to know that we are being held, loved, and guided toward what will bring our truest self the most joy.
According to Abraham Hicks, life will always give us contrast, which isn’t negative. As soon as we get to what we do want, or what we created yesterday…life will show us some new contrast of what we do want and what we don’t want. If we look at what we don’t want, it is we who are creating more of what we don’t want and turning our face from God, as we focus on our creation instead of God.
The contrast helps show our inner being (Christ within) to move away from the unwanted and keep dancing toward joy with God Eternal. For Eternity.
Jesus came to give us the courage to trust and allow our inherent union with God, and he modeled it for us in this world. Union is not a place we go to later—if we are good; union is the place from which we come, the place from which we’re called to live now. We wasted centuries confusing union with personal perfection. Union is God’s choice for us in our very imperfect world. Divine Love has no trouble loving imperfect things! That is just our human problem. If God could only love perfect things, God would have nothing to do.