We’re spending a lot of time in our kitchen/family room and lanai. It’s our gathering space and just about everything we need in the day seems to be centered in this area. We have four adults and a (5 month old puppy) living in the house, so it gets cluttered pretty easily. (That’s not too much of a judgment.) We have the habit of scattering items all over the counter and tables. I find myself straitening things up. I put things where they should be – the bedrooms, the closet, the front room, garage, the recycle bins or shredder pile, wherever “it” belongs is where “it” goes. I’m not sure this is such a bad thing but it is an irritant.
But wait, there is more self-disclosure… I caught myself aligning my pressed shirts in the closet. My spacing between each shirt is impeccable. (I’m not saying anything about my shoes.) But when I caught myself adjusting the earth boxes to all line up perfectly, I paused. I’m not necessarily compulsive nor obsessive but I did have a strong reaction and realized that this is mostly about my need to have some control in the “living of these days.” Because there is so much I can’t control… there is so much going on that I have little (actual no) power to influence. My actions come from a need for me to feel some sense of control.
Now, sitting in my “thinking” chair (which by the way is perfectly aligned to the angle of the book case and widow corner) I realize that going to the place where I say “if I get the virus I get it” gives me permission and a good reason not to take responsibility for my actions. That’s what fatalism does. It lets you acquiescent.
We’re not a people who believe in “whatever will be will be.” We’re a people who fully believe that we are called to work and prayer for outcomes that reveal God’s goodness for creatures, community and creation. Let me remind you that longer we endure the “living of these days,” the more committed and intentional we should act.
Scripture Reading: John 11:17-27
When Jesus arrived, he found that Lazarus[d] had already been in the tomb four days. 18 Now Bethany was near Jerusalem, some two miles[e] away, 19 and many of the Jews had come to Martha and Mary to console them about their brother. 20 When Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went and met him, while Mary stayed at home. 21 Martha said to Jesus, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died. 22 But even now I know that God will give you whatever you ask of him.” 23 Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise again.” 24 Martha said to him, “I know that he will rise again in the resurrection on the last day.” 25 Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life.[f] Those who believe in me, even though they die, will live, 26 and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?” 27 She said to him, “Yes, Lord, I believe that you are the Messiah,[g] the Son of God, the one coming into the world.”
How are you comforting others?
What are you asking Christ to give you?
How does a fatalistic approach influence your beliefs and faith?
Prayer: Holy God, lessen my need for control and let me trust you a little bit more. . Strengthen my belief and give me the confidence to ask and then the assurance that you are present for me, for each of us. Keep us committed in living faithfully in these and all days. Amen.
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