I had a powerful experience with Lectio Divina at a women’s retreat this weekend. When I’ve been led through Lectio Divina in the past, it’s always been with Bible ready, journal open, and pen in hand.
But this weekend, Ellen invited us to “come just as you are.” She read the scripture selection aloud to us, giving us time to meditate and pray between readings. I found this very freeing: no expectations, no write-it-down-before-I-forget, no accomplishment. Just meditating and praying over God’s word and listening for the guidance of the Holy Spirit.
This morning, with the aid of the Word of Promise Bible (which I put on my iPod), I spent quiet time in prayer and meditation over the story of Jesus changing water into wine. (John 2:1-11)
The phrase that struck me on the first reading was the aside, “though the servants who had drawn the water knew.”
On the second reading, as I pondered what God might be telling me through this phrase, I realized that although the servants could have told the master of the banquet (who “did not realize where [the wine] had come from), it seems that they did not. Only the servants were “in the know.”
During the third reading, as I sought to understand what God might be guiding me to do as a result of hearing His Word, it occurred to me that the end of verse 11 — “He thus revealed his glory, and his disciples put their faith in him” — makes an amazing statement. Jesus “revealed his glory” and pretty much nobody but some servants and his own disciples were there to see it.
To be “in the know.”
To have their own faith strengthened.
As I listened one last time, I felt a sense of delight that perhaps what God might be guiding me to “do” as a result of my time of prayer and meditation over his Word is simply what his disciples did: put my faith in Him.
And to keep my eyes open for miracles throughout my day that only I may see, only I may recognize, and for which only I may be “in the know”.