Meditation written and read by Cathy Tamsberg.
The ocean is so calm today that there is a 1-2 second silent pause between the waves. It’s like nature’s momentary rest. It’s very brief, but very potent. Hearing the crashing of the waves is always wonderful. It’s like the ocean’s music that never ends, music that reminds us of God’s constant presence and nature’s reliability. But there is something about the pause between the waves’ crash, that second or two of silence, that seems full. It’s like the “pregnant pause” we speak of when it’s quiet, but something very important is in the quiet.
Today the psalmist offers a prayer for us: “May God grant you your heart’s desire, and fulfill all your plans.” (Psalm 20: 4) For most of us, some kind of quiet, some kind of deep reflection is needed to know what the desires of our hearts really are. The maker of every product and service imaginable is eager to tell you—perhaps a new car, a massage, a second home, the latest or biggest electronic gadget, or even a new job or partner or child. How do we know what will truly feed our souls and sustain us when life ￼gets difficult? What people, places, or experiences will nurture our healthiest, most creative, most life-giving selves?
Some people are lucky enough or wise enough or something enough to go through life very clear about the answers to these questions. Bless them. But for most of us, life is hectic and complicated and challenging enough that we need to peel away the junk to know what our heart’s desires truly are. Today try to find a few moments to ponder what is most important to you at this moment in your life. Allow the remainder of this Lenten season to be the pause between the waves when our hearts’ desires can be named and claimed for the future.
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.