Psalm 17 – the Prayer of David – says, “I call on you, my God, for you will answer me; turn your ear to me and hear my prayer. Show me the wonders of your great love, you who save by your right hand.”
This passage is so powerful in terms of what it grants us as Christians: God is always there and always available to listen to our pleas, celebrate our triumphs, and help us work through tough times. In order to participate in this exchange with God, though, we need to keep ourselves open to hear or experience His response.
Our lives in Washington are so busy that we often forget to take time to be present in the moment. We are wired to think about our to-do list, our next meeting, or our next milestone. Being lost in a constant forward-looking mindset causes us to lose sight of the gift of each day. It is in those moments of calm, solemn stillness – often like what we are experiencing during Lent now – that God speaks loudest.
As we look toward Easter, I want to challenge all of us to take a moment each day to be present. Let the anxiety of our days wash away, and begin to connect with God to see if we can hear what He is trying to tell us. God is waiting, and we can call on Him; He wants to give us His love, but we have to open and prepare ourselves to receive it. Maybe we will find the answers to some of our prayers in that calm space.
Appointed readings for today: 2 Kings 4:18-21, 32-37, Psalm 17:1-8, John 11:18-44