I have read about a great many Christians, including quite a lot of ‘mystics’, and found none who appeared to have had a more supernatural, consistent and loving closeness to God and Christ Jesus than Brother Lawrence….excluding Biblical saints, of course. His personal and joyful relationship with Them was LITERALLY a moment by moment, day in and day out experience for over 40 years!!
However, before he actually began to experience this supernatural blessing, he had these words to say in his book “Practicing The Presence Of God”:
“It seemed to me that ALL creatures, reason, and God Himself were against me and faith alone for me.” (emphasis mine)
Now, keep in mind this sentiment and reasoning was felt by him while he was wholeheartedly endeavoring to ‘converse’ with God and Jesus EVERY moment or so (when possible) during his daily activities.
Even still, he persisted in ‘faith alone’. And just when it seemed as though he would have to remain in this imagined alienated state for the rest of his life, the glorious and supernatural relationship with God and Jesus described in his book suddenly burst on the scene!
You can read more about this wonderful and inspiring story at the Category “Practicing The Presence Of God” and also discover how to gain FREE access to his complete book by the same title online.
I will add in closing that the experiences with our Father and our Savior are always different from one another. Some of us will experience that personal relationship in a more gradual way than Brother Lawrence. As well, all of our spiritual relationships with Them will have multiple and varying degrees and ways. And yet, the moment by moment experiencing of Their presence is available to us ALL!
Until later, in Him.