Three from C.S. Lewis:
God walks in the world incognito, an incognito that is not always hard to penetrate. The real labour is to remember, to attend. In fact, to come awake. Still more to remain awake.
It would seem that our Lord finds our desires not too strong, but too weak. We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea. We are far too easily pleased.
Make every pleasure into a channel of adoration. This doesn’t mean simply giving thanks. It means being conscious of the source of the pleasure. It means being aware at that moment, to experience a tiny theophany*.
*theopany=appearance of God
And one from Carl McColman:
…the monk defined contemplation as “wasting time with God.” If I am bluntly honest with myself, I know I waste a good two hours a day, between reading silly stuff online (do I really need to know about iPhone prototypes that get lost in California bars?), watching TV (I don’t do a lot of that, but I do some), playing games on my iPhone (ditto), shopping for books online (just because I have a house full of the things doesn’t mean I don’t want more), and — dare I say it? — Facebook. Okay, okay. If I can waste time all these other ways, why not waste more time with God?
The LORD your God is with you,
He is mighty to save.
He will take great delight in you,
He will quiet you with his love,
He will rejoice over you with singing.