A few years ago, my family went on a mission trip/ holiday to England. While we were in London, we visited St. Paul's Cathedral for a choral Evensong service. I wasn't particularly excited to be there; most of it was in Latin, and the idea of going to church for fun wasn't the most thrilling concept to my mind.
We arrived to a massive building that looked like the US Capitol Building. (I guess the Capitol Building looks like St. Paul's.) "Great, another old building," I thought as we approached the doors. There was no revolutionary moment as we crossed the threshold; I didn't have an epiphany during the songs; I didn't feel closer to God by staring at the high ceilings.
The service came and went like the trains on a schedule. I stood when I was supposed to stand, and sat when I was supposed to sit. I looked around at the other people as we sat in reverent silence. I'm not sure how the others felt, but I seemed to be only a tourist in this sacred ceremony. An "Amen" was said or sung, the crowd collectively raised its bowed heads, time swept all back into the rush of the London streets.
I have recently began to fully appreciate the depth and beauty of those moments that I spent in that cathedral with my family. Far too often, I have the proclivity to become myopic in my view of the world. However, God is not limited to my understanding. He dwelt in preexistence before the creation of the world, He filled the air in the old cathedral in London, He filled the vapid space in my soul upon my salvation.
Reflection on truth causes growth. I am grateful for the experiences I have had with my family. Even more so, I am thankful for the proper perspective from which to understand them. I may have missed it in the moment, but God was present all along.
As the Psalmist tries to reconnect with God, he resolves in Psalm 77:12: "I will consider all Your works and meditate on all Your mighty deeds."
Let's glean a lesson from my story. I went to an event and initially missed out because I wasn't actively invested. Right now, we are approaching a season of the year marked by spiritual events. We could easily miss out if we don't actively invest.
I want to encourage you all to meditate on Him in the days to come.
Here's what we've got ahead of us:
- Ash Wednesday- February 10th // A day of penance before lent
- Lent- February 10th through March 24th // A forty day period of fasting mirroring the Temptation of Jesus (Matthew 4:1-11)
- Palm Sunday- March 20th // Beginning of Holy Week- when Jesus entered Jerusalem on a Donkey (Matthew 21:1-11)
- Maundy Thursday- March 24th // The night of the Last Supper (Matthew 26:17-30)
- Good Friday - March 25th // The day of the Crucifixion (Matthew 27:32-56)
- Easter Sunday - March 26th // The day of the Resurrection (Matthew 28:1-10)
Now, let's move forward together. If you're reading this, it's not too late.
Thanks for checking in,
Andrew, Master of the fiesta and the siesta.