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I'm thinking that David's temptation and Mary's distraction in relationship to Gods Presence is the same thing that afflicts us: we don't want God where God is available. Both Mary and David get sidetracked by details, protocol and procedures. In both instances God (through the prophet or the angel) is all about being present and received not about being "processed".
Are we not more interested in changing the procedures, details, and processes of a life with God then we are living with God as life is in God? We usually want changed circumstances and arrangements from God rather than more God in the circumstances that are. Isn't it hard for us to find God in the messy details of a suffering life?
When life challenges us do we pray for more God and more life as it is? Or do we pray for changed circumstances and details in life? Could we pray for more God instead of more health. Could we pray for more God than more safety? Could we pray for more God than less pain?
I think this turnaround might be at the bottom of our unsuccessful prayer life or spiritual life.
If we would begin praying and pleading for more God in every circumstance of our life then our prayers would be more miraculously answered. It seems God is always ready to give more of himself to us in our present circumstance. In fact, I believe that is God's identity and God's job description and God's mission. God is not able to overcome The painful circumstances of our own creation. God gave up that power when he created us in his image and likeness.
Then again, maybe it is precisely in having and knowing "more God" in a particular circumstance that is the path way through and out of difficulty. in fact, that may be the purpose and the mystery and the meaning of life with God. Remember, with God all things are possible.