Jesus once instructed his disciples to "Consider the lilies." That means that Jesus had already done so and had learned an inspirational lesson from these flowers. For our 5th stretching exercise for the Lenten season, I invite you to consider something from your own life. What is the lesson you are asked to learn from it?
What This Means for Us
So many times, I treat the scenery of my life as an object. I look for what it can do for me. But when I catch myself and "consider" the things that surround me, I can see the holy in them. For Jesus, it was a lily out in nature that taught him to trust God for the essentials of life. He found the sacredness of the lilies because he was looking for it.
What would happen if I treated my cell phone, not as an object, but as a sacred instrument? How about the silverware I use to prepare and eat my food? Can I stop long enough to be thankful for such a tool? To consider the hours of workmanship that went in to the design and creation of this holy instrument?
The sacred is all around us. Lent is a time to reflect upon the holy things around us that connect us more deeply to love.
What is an object in your life that has taken on special meaning for you? Spend a few minutes in gratitude for such a sacred instrument.
The next time you take a drive or a walk, pay full attention to your environment. Is there something that catches your eye that you have never noticed before? What happens when you consider that something as sacred?
What is something in your day-to-day life that you take for granted. Ask the Spirit to open your eyes and ears to listen and learn from such a holy thing.