Lent 13 ~ Live in Gentleness

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He who does little, but in a state to which God calls him, does more than he who labours much, but in a state which he has thoughtlessly chosen: a cripple limping in the right way is better than a racer out of it.   ~  St. Augustine

          How true that quote is. And how often I have been guilty of being the racer who labours much but in a state I have thoughtlessly chosen. I am reminded of a time a few years ago when I stubbed my toe and fractured it. For 4 weeks, I was that cripple in the quote, slowly and carefully hobbling down corridors and up and down stairs. I thought of the large amount of work that needed to be done but which I couldn’t in my state. There was no help for it; I could only work as fast as I could move.

          Surprisingly, everything got done. For 4 weeks, I worked with calm deliberation, thoughtfully considering my every move and task. No frenzied ticking off lists in my head. No zipping here and there, doing the necessary and the unnecessary. Still, work got done. Meals got cooked. Clothes got laundered and ironed.

          For 4 weeks, every minute was lived in gentleness.

          Today, for the first time, I catch the morning sun shining its heart right through the trees facing the east. At that perfect angle, the sun’s rays pierce my eyes and my heart. Delighting in this early morning gift, I leave my work to love the sun. 

           What do You ask of me, Lord? I happily tilt my own heart to the sun. No reply is laid upon my ears as second by second, the gold of morning grows impossibly brighter. Then, just as suddenly as it came to its window in our trees, the sun rose higher, taking its piercing rays to others.

          In the ineffable sweetness of parting, I understood the call of His flaming Heart.

          Live in gentleness.

10 comments

  1. Yes! We get so caught up in the rush of life that we forget that each and every moment is a gift from God. We need to slow down, and be gentle not only with others, but with ourselves too. I honestly believe that is what God wants for us.

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    1. For the first time yesterday, I realised that I need help with this. I always assumed I just needed to cut back and cut down but this week, I saw that I’ve done all I can and yet it’s not much, not enough. I feel like a tidal wave is coming at me.
      I truly, truly need God’s help.

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    1. Thank you. Even on the toughest days, I can still find something to be happy about – a surprise rose, hiding and blooming, a new birdsong, the way the winds sound among the trees. That is your gift to me.

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  2. I believe you are a soul that can find beauty almost anywhere. That is because you carry the beautiful within your heart. It is there in the depth of our souls that God’s roses bloom. They will bloom for all eternity. Here upon the earth, we do have our aches and pains, the hurts that haunt us deep into the night; but, our Heavenly father tends to the rose garden within. He waters, and weeds, and the roses flourish. We do not always know how they grow. He is the master gardener. We must only believe. We must only have faith. We must know that the work of God’s hands is crafting the most exquisite of things. We think in life that so much is seen through our eyes; truth to be told, so much of what we see is through the lens of our hearts.

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