BUILDING THE HORIZONTAL AND VERTICAL RELATIONSHIP
It is not uncommon to stumble on fliers everywhere, on the streets or on social media channels on how to build relationships. Be it between employees and employers or romantically involved pairs or even parents and children.
There is a constant awareness on how relationships should be built. However, there is a relationship that is not often talked about. That’s the relationship my mother terms the ‘Horizontal and Vertical relationship. This is how he explains the relationship humans and God have. She says it’s a relationship that runs from the heavens down to the earth and back again.
This is one of the most important relationship that we ought to give our commitment to.
If you have a desire to build a relationship with God, that is the essential first step. That sets your intention and focus. The rest is a matter of taking regular baby steps towards God and being open to what happens.
There is no encyclopedia or manual that explains how this relationship is built. However, taking this baby steps will go long way to bringing you closer to God and experiencing his love like never before;
Take the time to touch bases with God, acknowledging and giving thanks for His presence.
Invite Him to come close — to sit with you at your heart’s kitchen table and just hang out.
Talk: Some days this will feel like pouring out your heart. Other days, it will be casual chit-chat. Occasionally, all you’ll be able to manage is, “Here I am, Lord. Please be with me.” Between friends, it’s all good.
Listen: Remember to make it a two-way conversation and expect to hear from God, just as you would from a trusted friend. God wants you to know how much He loves you. He wants to offer support and guidance to you. If you don’t take the time to listen, you won’t hear His “still, small voice.” For me, this communication from God comes in any of various forms: thoughts, feelings, music, reading, nature, other people, or circumstances. Sometimes I only recognize God’s voice in retrospect.
Make contact throughout your day. Being in touch with God doesn’t have to be only during times of meditation or prayer. It can be while you’re on the run, when you’re in the midst of activities, or when you have a moment’s break.
Take action when you hear God’s voice. If you feel God is guiding you or telling you something, take action on it as soon as possible. The insight you receive may only show you where to take the next step, but once you’ve taken that step, the following step will appear in front of you. Even though there is electrical power in your house, the light doesn’t turn on until you have flipped the switch to harness that power.
God’s power is waiting for you to remember to flip the switch.