Then Jesus said, “Did I not tell you that if you believe, you will see the glory of God?”
Our Lenten journey is drawing to a close but not without some final flourish. Sarah Parsons is asking us to look for signs of our growing closer to God, and we may have a few stories to tell at this point. We may have some “accomplishments,” as she calls them. Where this week have you sensed healing moments of clarity or release, a time when you have been brought out of darkness and into the light of awareness, of freedom, of peace and greater understanding? As you’ve been making room and honing your spiritual practice, perhaps you’ve begun to notice more light around the edges. Have you felt, as she did, that you have more creative energy? Are you more aware of God’s presence in your life, surrounding you with peace and a greater sense of trusting that your needs will be met? Parsons suggests that a good indicator of spiritual growth is openness to surprise, and if we are willing to yield control and trust that God’s surprises are always good, acceptance brings with it peace. I believe this!
A few months ago I found myself about to leave for home at the end of my work day when the gas light in my car immediately came on as I started the engine. So like anyone would do in this situation, I drove a mile to the nearest gas station and reached for my debit card. Not in my purse. I rifled through my car and pockets for loose change. Nothing. I used the last bit of battery on my cell phone to send my husband a text message along with a picture of the needle below the empty line: Leaving work and left wallet at home. You think I’ll make it? I won’t repeat what he said in reply, but afterwards, my phone died and our communication was lost. Continue reading Lent: New Growth