Yesterday we discussed taking U –Turns, today we’ll talk about driving on the highway.
Unless I’m taking a family fun drive I like to get to where I’m going fast; teleportation would be ideal but I have not worked out the details on that one yet, so I stick to highways. This made me think of the spiritual drive we all take.
Sometimes I catch myself that instead of taking In the journey God has me on I’m franticly driving on the spiritual highway. Looking forward to reaching the next “spiritual goal” as fast as I can. There is nothing bad in having holy ambitions and objectives, it helps us stay focused, what gets me is the speed. In these moments I remind myself that spiritual growth is less about achievement and more about experiencing God every moment of every day with and through others.
Soul touching relationships require the investment of time and energy, the openness to be vulnerable and inconvenienced, the ability to listen and give the gift of just being present; the sensitivity to offer a prayer, a meal… taking a stroll from time to time with a person on his/her faith journey. Likewise, my spiritual growth equates to my relationship with God. I need to spend time listening, reading, giving, praying and just being. It’s essential that I stay vulnerable allowing Him to point, heal, teach, and inconvenience me. In the midst of it all He transforms me and that is reaching a “spiritual goal”. This requires that I stay off the “highway” allowing myself to have sudden stops, be more mindful of my surroundings and those in it, anticipate local traffic congestion and adjust my speed according to the road conditions.
Dear Lord, this Lent season help us to stay off the spiritual highway, so that we may experience more of You. May we stop as often as necessary to taste and see that You are good. Help us to be mindful of those around us, taking a stroll with them on their faith journey. Point, heal, teach and inconvenience us, so that we may be transformed.
“You can enter God’s Kingdom only through the narrow gate. The highway to hell is broad, and its gate is wide for the many who choose that way. But the gateway to life is very narrow and the road is difficult, and only a few ever find it. Matthew 7:13-14 (NLT)
My prayer is that this will be a place where you find hope and nourishment for your soul.
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