Meditation written and read by Cathy Tamsberg.
Last evening’s sunset over the creek was beautiful. The light bounced among the clouds and was brilliant in pinks and golds mixed with the fading blue of the sky. Today, when the sky was clear and cloudless, there was a lovely pink glow on the ocean as well as on the creek side as the sun set. But it lacked the brilliance of yesterday’s cloudy sky.
In this contrast, I sense an important lesson. A perfect life without struggles and challenges lacks texture. Yesterday’s beauty was a direct result of all the clouds. Now it is certainly true that too many clouds block the light completely and many lives are so difficult that it’s hard for any light to get in. So I’m not naïve enough to suggest that we should go looking for clouds. They certainly aren’t fun while you’re under them. But life’s challenges do give us texture and, hopefully, a bit of wisdom if we can avoid being overwhelmed. Sometimes the wisdom comes when the difficulty is past and we have the perspective of some distance. But wisdom will come if we’re open to honest reflection on where we’ve been, how we got there, and what we learned about ourselves and about the world through the experience.
Today’s psalm begins: “God is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? God is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?” (27:1) When our lives are in the middle of developing “texture,” may this reminder bring us comfort and courage.
This meditation is from “Lent: Sowing Season, Holy Time,” a collection of daily readings by Associate Pastor Cathy Tamsberg. Each day during Lent, from Ash Wednesday, February 13, 2013, to Easter Sunday, March 31, 2013, a new excerpt read by a member of the Pullen congregation will be made available. To hear each day’s reading as it is published, subscribe to Pullen’s RSS feed, or listen to the podcast in iTunes.