Thursday, February 21, 2013

Lent: Bathing in Goodness

In our first week of Lent, we are pondering the idea of Movement. Of God's movement in our lives, in Jesus' journey to the Cross.

My mind today is drawn to the early chapters of Genesis, to the creation. Such is the place of all beginnings and I find it a great place for starting Lenten reflections, too. Perhaps it was because I was at Lake Tahoe this last weekend, or because Kathleen introduced the idea of God's motion in our lives, but I am drawn Genesis 1:2 " the earth was a formless void and darkness covered the face of the deep, while a wind from God swept over the face of the waters."

This passage fascinates me and fills my mind's eye, I find myself meditating on God, flying, silently, effortlessly,  hovering but inches from the surface of the water, dancing above it, leaving only ripples to indicate His presence. Maybe a bit like the pelican, gliding, focused, moving, intense. It would have been dark and cold (my guess), but there was God in motion on that first day. Soaring across the waters.

God's action in that first week included breathing that same life-wind into everything, and at the end of  the sixth day we are told that "God saw everything that he had made, and indeed, it was very good."

And there is the affirmation. That we are, all of us, everything here, is not just good, but VERY good. It says so, right there in Genesis. We are "blessed," we were given every plant, every seed, every beast, everything that has the breath of life, just for us.

It's a lot to taken in, that loving affirmation. That we are so loved, so chosen, so hand picked, and so very good, that God created all of this just for us.

And yet, it is just the kind of thing that we need as we step out into this journey of 40 days. That we are good. It is that simple. As we head out on this journey, it would be easy to get caught up in the noise in our head, the bustle around us every day, and listen to the other voices, the ones that tell us to doubt, to question ourselves, to think we might be "less than." It's time to shake those words from our minds, to begin to fill our hearts with a word for today, which is good. You are good.

What we really need to do is to listen, deeply, to that voice, blowing from the deep, coming from the waters that says we are good and chosen, that we are loved. It is something worth meditating on. Breathing in, breathing out, the goodness.

As we start these 40 days, I encourage each of you to soak in that goodness, to bathe in it, and to let it wash over you. To slow down, to listen, and to believe. Because you are indeed, very good.

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