Going through the motions doesn’t please you, a flawless performance is nothing to you. I learned God-worship when my pride was shattered. Heart-shattered lives ready for love don’t for a moment escape God’s notice. Psalm 51:16-17 (MSG)
Humility and Surrender – The Lent Series – Part 4
Pride blocks flow. Surrender invites it.
Lent brings us to our spiritual knees. A place of surrender and humility. Hunger and longing. Where we’re not so consumed with filling up, but emptying out and discovering what's left over in the process.
It’s a great exercise in relinquishing control. We spend so much of our lives trying to convince ourselves and everyone else that we are in control of it all – our health, our homes, our loved ones. And look, there are things that we can do, but ultimately, control is an illusion. There are absolutely no guarantees. None. All we can do is trust and hope and humbly walk through the life we’ve found ourselves in.
This kind of humility, an awakening to our mortality and fragility, is a conduit of presence. It brings us to the here and now. Not the kind of “live in the moment” that says, “stuff it, I’m going to do whatever the heck I want.” But the kind of presence that is aware of the sacredness of this moment, and what we could be a part of if by the grace of God, we have more moments waiting for us.
It’s this letting go and surrendering that compels us to let go of our ego-driven agenda’s and opens us up to the possibility of change and grace; transformation.
Life altering transformation can only take place within humility. Sometimes that humility is forced upon us by circumstances. Other times, it's through events and seasons like Lent that we choose humility and enter into the flow of grace.
In our everyday ordinary lives, caught up in the rat race and fame-chasing and wealth stockpiling; where we’re trying to prove our worth and control our assets and find our belonging; we often miss the miracles around us. The ordinary everyday displays of grace and hope; the fact that we are already loved and that we already belong. But when we are in the flow of humility and surrender, openness and prayer, we see it all a little more clearly.
As the nineteenth-century poet Elizabeth Barrett Browning put it, “Earth’s crammed with heaven, and every common bush afire with God.”
Our ego and pride will always hide heaven from us. But in humility, surrender, letting go and prayer, a whole new world is unveiled.
But first, comes the dying, then the rising.
Go to Part 5 – Divine Flow »
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