Potholes – Good News for November 27

27 11 2010

Luke 21:34-36

Jesus said to his disciples, “Beware that your hearts do not become drowsy from carousing and drunkenness and the anxieties of daily life, and that day catch you by surprise like a trap. For that day will assault everyone who lives on the face of the earth. Be vigilant at all times and pray that you have the strength to escape the tribulations that are imminent and to stand before the Son of Man.”

The Daily Path: Note to Management: “I would appreciate  large “Road Under Repair” signs be installed at regular intervals along this journey.”

Maybe it’s just my driving, but I seem to hit a lot of the potholes that frequent this highway. It’s not just the obvious vices that line the road, equally dangerous is the spiritual lethargy that sometimes trips us. It’s not unlike Thanksgiving dinner. You hit the table running, filled with enthusiasm and joy. Then 20 minutes after you stuff yourself, you’ve had enough family engagement and fall asleep on Aunt Winnie’s shoulder, deep in a turkey comma.

The spiritual journey has distractions. There are peaks and valleys. Sometimes I feel very close to God. Other times I’m in the back row dosing off. We’re not perfectly enlightened beings. We’re not Porsches speeding along the Autobahn able to reach our destination in a few hours. We’re more like Russian made Volgas, spitting out black exhaust, losing hubcaps and tailpipes with each pothole hit, as we creep ever closer to home on the back alleys of Leningrad.

At the very least I need to aspire to drive out of the potholes, keep my engine chugging along – one filling station at a time. It’s never easy, but I’ll get there.





Drowsy – Good News for November 28

28 11 2009

Luke 21:34-36

Jesus said to his disciples, “Beware that your hearts do not become drowsy from carousing and drunkenness
and the anxieties of daily life, and that day catch you by surprise like a trap. For that day will assault everyone who lives on the face of the earth. Be vigilant at all times and pray that you have the strength to escape the tribulations that are imminent and to stand before the Son of Man.”

The Daily Path: Have you ever dealt with something so daunting in your life that sleep provides the only relief? Then you wake up… and the heavy heart returns.

In my own life I have experienced a “drowsy” heart brought on by carousing, drunkenness, and most recently, anxiety. I’m not sure what ultimately drove me to the first two, but I’m grateful that through an awakening of inner grace, I was able to emerge from those depths.

Anxiety in some ways seems to be the greater battle. Left unchecked, it’s a killer. The burden of anxiety wears you down physically, mentally and spiritually. I can understand why it could also lead you back to the other lapses that Jesus warns of. My life teachers speak of surrendering the anxiety and constant worry to the only one who can lift the burden from your heart. The Son of Man. In my heart I know He is indeed the only source of strength to deal with the tribulations of this life.

Room to Chat: Father, show me the path of surrender in these days of Advent. Awaken the grace within me so that my heart may be lifted up to You.