i’ve been reading this book for the past few weeks – a chapter a day or so (with a long break in there during the past two) and it has been surprisingly good. Not an earth shattering book or anything, but good nonetheless – sort of one of those books that takes you back to the basics of life.

something i read this morning, however, really caught me off guard and got my attention. littleton writes that there is

a principle of the Christian life called ‘consolation and desolation.’ The theory goes like this: God works in us through two major processes, namely, consolation (that is, comfort, nearness, joy and peace) and desolation (that is, the withdrawal of conscious presence, a feeling of abandonment and the idea that God has exited from our lives). – page 67.

i think littleton is right on the money with this as i have seen tremendous growth in my life in the periods following times of intense spiritual loneliness – where god seems very far off. i’ve also seen wonderful times of growth in those moments when god seems closest. however, life is not typically lived in either of these extremes. life is lived in the mundane and often boring daily routine. so the question, then, is what do we do when life is ordinary? perhaps the real test of our faith is how it holds up in the mundane and ordinary.