Lent offers us a wonderful opportunity to sit down with God our Father and ask for the guidance to recalibrate the spirituality of our humanity in a way that allows him to cleanse the many aspects of our life that prevent him filling us with the essential needs that will ensure our eternal future. The following extract from a book by Wanda Nash called: ‘Turning the Downside Up – Growing in Unexpected Places’, may help.
‘Only what is emptied can then be filled. When of my own will and choice I am emptied, by handing back my own will, my gifts, my thinking to God, it gives him space which he can re-fill. It is hard, really hard to become convinced of this because our general experience of loss is pain, and we are taught at all costs to avoid pain. On the cross, Jesus deliberately gave back, emptied himself of everything he had. He lost control over his own actions, his few possessions, his body, his reputation, his friends, his God and his life. That space was refilled by God, his Father, with the redemption of the whole world. Just for a few moments each day I take on that degree of powerlessness of which I am capable. Journeying to that still pool where it is okay to be still; it’s okay to be me; okay to give over control; okay to contact the child and the clown in me. It is important to clear the channel for God our Father, to flow in the way only he knows. That means clearing away for a few minutes the very things we prize. Even our gifts, the very things we have worked at, which can, at times, be rocks in the path of the smooth flow of the living water.’