Enlarge the Cavern

Augustine confessed, “the house of my soul is too narrow for thee to come in to me; let it be enlarged by thee. It is in ruins; do thou restore it” (Chapter V:6). Augustine intimates that it is not merely a slim doorway, but a narrow space in which to live.

In contrast we find Jesus is the gate through whom we  enter; we come in and go out, and find open expanse.

Today’s prayer comes from contemplating this, and remembering a dream I had in conversation with God:  I saw an underground cavern through which a subterranean river flowed. I complained, “but God, the water is eating away at the walls of the cavern. Eventually it will all cave in, and there’ll be nothing left of me!”

The odd thing about a dream like this is how a thousand things are said but not spoken.  The Lord said, “that’s right; it will all cave in, and you will be the river, but you will not be forgotten. I am not erasing you, I am making you one with my Son.  And you will be joy.”

If you are aware of your narrowness of soul – if you are ready to be enlarged by His presence and integrated into His river of life, then may you joyfully enter into this prayer:

Enlarge the Cavern

Enlarge the cavern of my heart
Into which You desire to pour Yourself.

No Lord! I protest,
I’m afraid the chamber will cave in!

And perhaps this is Your very desire:
   To erode the vault encasing who I am –
   the shell I’ve used to define me.

Your Spirit like flowing water wears that lifeless rock away
   To enlarge the void into which You spill Yourself,
   And erode something un-definable about me.

So, expand the hollow and increase Your expanse!
Impoverish me of my threadbare fabric –
Exchange it for a wider wonder world
And pour more of Yourself in me.

About R.H. (Rusty) Foerger

As I enter the third third of life, I am becoming aware of the role of elders today “to enlarge spiritual vision, being devoted to prayer, living in the face of death, as a living curriculum of the Christian life” (Dr. James M. Houston). I am a life long and life wide learner who seeks to: *decipher the enigma of our worth *rescue from the agony of prayerlessness *integrate spiritual friendship.
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