Sometimes the best way to get motivated to practice the spiritual disciplines is to remember you are not alone and get some inspiration from another believer who is faithfully serving God.
Krista Bain, freshman Math Education Major at the University of Northwestern – St. Paul who serves on Northwestern’s Church Relations program Youth Crew.
Q: Why do you believe it is important to meditate?
A: I feel like meditation is a really big part of who we are as Christians and a big part in our relationship with God. It’s because it is the listening and the yielding part. It’s a relationship and I feel like meditation brings that full circle and that’s why it’s really important.
Q: When did you begin practicing the discipline of meditation?
A: I started meditating when I came to college because I realized how important it was. I learned more about mediation in my Spiritual Formation class and learned how to do it. In the class I learned meditation is more like a quiet time and listening for God, it can be done through listening to music, journaling, or reading your Bible. It is just the aspect of yielding and listening to God. So often we just talk and talk to God and we don’t really listen and I think that’s a really big aspect of meditation: the listening.
Q: What is your typical routine when you meditate?
A: I start by praying and just asking God to come and reveal himself to me. Then I either listen to a song or read a Bible passage or just journaling about my day. I don’t have a specific place to meditate, but one place I really like to go is the prayer room on campus. Sometimes I just meditate in my bed before I go to sleep or other times I go outside in nature and that is a place I feel like I connect with God a lot.
Q: What are some of the biggest challenges you have faced as you seek to meditate?
A: Distractions are a really big thing. When so many things are going in my brain at the same time it is hard to listen and know if it is God talking to me or if it is my own brain. I don’t know if anyone will ever know what God’s voice sounds like and I think it’s different for every person, but that is something that is hard for me because I never know what things are God and what things are my own thoughts. It is really hard to quiet everything going on in my life to just sit and listen because I have so much going on.
Q: What are some of your favorite verses in the Bible to meditate on?
A: One of my favorite verses is Proverbs 3:5-6, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.” I think that is a big verse for me in my life in general, but also in the meditation of my prayer life. Especially in this time in my life in college where it has been difficult to see what I want to do with my life and what God has for me here at Northwestern. It’s been a good verse to remind me to continually trust. A song that’s been cool for me is Jon Foreman’s “Your Love is Strong.” There’s a part that says, “Why should I worry? Why should I freak out? Cause God knows what I need.” It’s been a good reminder that I don’t need to worry and I don’t need to do anything, I just need to stop and trust God that his plan is for my good.
“But his delight is in the law of the Lord,
and on his law he meditates day and night.
He is like a tree planted by streams of water
that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither.
In all that he does, he prospers.“