Lenten Reflection for March 18

Rock on the beach that shows erosion

Scripture: Psalm 62:5-12

Find rest, O my soul, in God alone; my hope comes from him.  He alone is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will not be shaken.  My salvation and my honour depend on God; he is my mighty rock, my refuge.  Trust in him at all times, O people; pour out your hearts to him, for God is our refuge.  “Selah”. Lowborn men are but a breath, the highborn are but a lie; if weighed on a balance, they are nothing; together they are only a breath.  Do not trust in extortion or take pride in stolen goods; though your riches increase, do not set your heart on them.  One thing God has spoken, two things have I heard:  that you, O God, are strong, and that you, O lord, are loving.  Surely you will reward each person according to what he has done.

When I read this passage what first came to mind for me was the phrase, “Find rest, O my soul in God alone.”  I appreciate the notion that whatever state I may be in (mentally, physically), I can find a meditative moment and a sense of peace with the Spirit of God. The words for me bestow a particular calmness, a sense of restoration.

For me, this psalm feels like a relatively simple, pure message that I can place trust in the loving power of God, always.  No matter what, God is there for me. The passage reminds me to focus on my spiritual health rather than a hollow existence of material goods (though I do love a great pair of shoes!)  I feel the psalm suggests I must be present for the work of God (hands and feet, so to speak).

I was initially put off by the imagery of a rock.  My notion of a rock is that of an immovable permanence.  My soul informs me that whom I regard as “Spirit” or “God” ought to possess willingness, be malleable, loving and open, just as I must be.  However, when I chose to see the rock as a steadfast being which is gradually shaped by erosion, water or other forces, I related more closely to the rock imagery.  So God is still God (and I am still me), even after we have been transformed by the world in which we reside; we can remain connected no matter what we face.

Do I live this belief?  I would confess that when I feel sad, overwhelmed, apathetic or alone I am disconnected from all beings of the world; I have isolated myself.  In those times when I chose to embrace my affiliation with the world, I am able to walk to the light.  Is that my will?  God’s voice?  A combination of both?  Or something else?  I do not know.  But I am open to the belief that it is the voice of spirit.

Thank you for reading!

By Cheryl Garden

Prayer

O God, my refuge and my strength, I trust you.  And on those days when your voice seems distant, I will continue to walk toward the light.    AMEN

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