The Write Place- Curtis Bruce Kessler

February 16, 2012

The Secret Places of the Stairs

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I like to exercise, so, at work every day I climb the stairs. During our break I traverse the six floors of our building twice. Most of the time the stairway is clear and this affords me the opportunity to meditate about the Words of God and Jesus, pray, dream, ponder the days decisions, think about home, think about family and friends, argue with myself, fuss about the politics of our day, and imagine. While climbing these stairs I can hear voices well before I actually see the person or persons, I can hear footsteps, I can hear activities taking place outside the walls of the stairwell, I hear doors opening and closing, I can sense the temperature change and the environment subtly effected by the upper roof door opening, I can hear my own movements and breathing, I know when folks come in and when they leave. What I thought would be routine and dull has truly become inspiring. To be certain these stairs have proven to be a world of wonder and a treasure cove of spiritual enlightenment. I now find myself looking forward to climbing these stairs with anticipation and expectation for incredibly this is like a journey filled with twists and turns, ups and downs, carefully stepping here and there, yet with the knowledge that the goal I’ve entered is destined to be completed.

Such is the nature and beauty of our journey and prayer-life in Christ. Along this journey there are opportunities for personal enlightenment. These spiritual treasures are hidden and waiting to be discovered through prayer. Peter refers to the hidden man of the heart (1 Peter 3:4) and that is the secret place where you and God are the most intimate. It is there in prayer, in that secret place; you open yourself fully and completely to God. Like in the privacy of the stairwell you enter that unique secret chamber to speak openly with God. About this Jesus said in Matthew 6:6 “But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.” Here in this stairwell of prayer we open our hearts freely and without reservation, we listen intently to His words, we know Him and walk with Him, we call out to Him, talk with Him, rejoice with Him, and move to the next level by His presence and powerful hand.

Are you and I really willing to enter that chamber? Are you and I truly willing to expose our hearts in prayer? Are we truly willing to open up our lives wholly in prayer in which by doing so we call on His name, hear His voice clearly, and so dramatically we are privileged to experience a level of unparalleled spirituality and inspiration. If we do then Jesus promises something quite amazing and remarkable- He will reward us openly. My friend, pray thus so, pray thus so. 14”O my dove, that art in the clefts of the rock, in the secret places of the stairs, let me see thy countenance, let me hear thy voice; for sweet is thy voice, and thy countenance is comely.” (Song of Solomon 2, KJV)



1 Comment »

  1. I love that secret place. Sometimes it is painful because you have to be completely honest.

    Comment by Peggy — February 18, 2012 @ 1:11 am | Reply

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