"What I Find when I am Most Myself": Howard Thurman on Discerning the Will of God
The will of God is often thought of as something that comes into a man from the outside. It is regarded as something against which the individual has to struggle, as an antagonist. It may well be that the will of God does not come from without, as a grand invasion of the spirit, but rather it is welling up from deep within the mind and spirit, taking the shape of the life as water from a spring takes the shape of the banks between which the water flows...
The will of God is native to my spirit. It is the fundamental character of me. It is the foundation of my mental, physical and spiritual structure. It is what I find when I am most myself. It is what I find when I get down to the deepest things in me. It is what is revealed when all the superficial things are sloughed off and I am essentially laid bare... When I come to myself, I am aware of the will of God as part and parcel of what it is that I seek above all else. To know this, to see this clearly, is to understand what sin is, what the evil of evil is, what rightness is.
Close, present Father, flow through me in all the ways native to me and all my parts, that, as a whole person, I may do Thy Will with such completeness that I become Thy Will. Amen.