The mark of the ashes has been washed away. Reminded of my humanity I faced a new day today. As with any day I could have gone with the flow and allowed the motions of everyday to guide me and to speak to me. I have discovered that living life in this way leaves you numb - unaware of people - unaware of nature - unaware of life.
Look at the crocus bulb. If the crocus bulb relied only in itself - it would remain a dull, fuzzy looking object and over time would simply dry up. Taking that same crocus bulb and planting it in the ground and allowing it to interact with the earth, the sun, the rain...all of nature, it becomes a beautiful flower and message of hope - spring is coming! - to all who pass by.
A friend shared these words with me today:
In this portion of his "Psalm of the Great Reversal"
Jerry Webber describes his journey in light of David's:
I've lumbered through life with this illusion
that the center of life is about what I do for You,
that I need to find great and small things to do for You;
When all along,
You've wanted to do something in me!
You've desired to build a life of meaning in me
a life animated by Your Spirit,
and lived from the soul,
David had it backward;
he didn't need to build a house for You.
You wanted to build a house
This is my own Great Reversal:
The shift in consciousness
to which I open myself daily,
as You build a life of meaning within me...
To this Reversal, I open myself.
Like the crocus...God desires to work in us and through us!