Turn aside from all else. This is the secret of encountering Jesus. He is already fully with us. He could not be more with us. But this turning aside is our intentional, intense, singular gaze at Christ within. Precious Holy Spirit breathes on our weak hearts and helps us in this pursuit. Even if we are not hungry for Him, even if we are not filled with longing, even if our hearts feel cold, He will provide the fire. He always does this.
Like Moses in the desert, we turn aside to behold the One who burns with fiery love. It was when Moses made this choice to turn aside, that God called out to him. This is our greatest longing, to hear His voice, to enjoy sweet communion with Him, to be preoccupied with His beauty. As we slip away from all other distractions and demands, He becomes our life’s magnificent obsession. When we say, “Come Lord,” it is not because He is not here. It is just a realization that He is here and the voice of our innermost and utmost welcome of His beautiful Person.
“For we come to God in faith knowing that he is real and that he rewards the faith of those who give all their passion and strength into seeking him.” Hebrew 11: 6