Our Spiritual Posture Matters

Imagine that your job is to work in the kitchen day in and day out. How ordinary does that sound? Glamorous? Nope? 

Brother Lawrence (1611-1691), originally named Nicholas Herman, never received any formal education, became a soldier, a household servant, and eventually wrote one of the classic devotional pieces.

He had unique insight on how to develop a habitual sense of God's presence. He spent his effort seeking to become wholly God's by driving away everything from his mind that was capable of interrupting his thoughts of God.

Brother Lawrence was obsessed with not even picking up a straw from the ground if it was not what God wanted him to do. He worked hard to refuse his will. He paints a picture with his words on our spiritual posture. Remember that he was a simple man working in a kitchen (calling himself "the lord of pots and pans") and saw not the ordinary elements of his work; rather, he focused on always practicing the presence of God. That posture influenced how he did what he did, and the subsequent impact those around him felt even to this day after his words were written nearly 350 years ago.

I imagine myself as the most wretched of all, full of sores and sins, and one who has committed all sorts of crimes against his king. Feeling a deep sorrow, I confess to him all my sins, I ask his forgiveness, and I abandon myself into his hands so that he may do with me what he pleases.

This king, full of mercy and goodness, very far from chastening me, embraces me with love, invites me to eat at his table, serves me with his own hands, and gives me the key to his treasures. He converses with me, and takes delight in me, and treats me as if I were his favorite.
— Brother Lawrence