Thursday, February 14, 2013
Wilderness Yearning: Thursday after Ash Wednesday
Our steps are directed by the Lord;
he strengthens those in whose way he delights. Psalm 37:24
The fog intensifies as I cross the ridge and head down the mountain road. For a bit I follow another car, its taillights a welcome guide. But then it turns off to follow its own route and I am on my own, traveling the rain soaked roadway though a dense fog in the darkness.
I strain to see the way ahead, concentrating on the more subtle signs that keep me safely on the road. Intellectually, I understand why the high beams of my headlights lessen rather than enhance the visibility. But at a purely gut level it makes no sense to me that casting a brighter light on the way ahead does not help the situation.
Sometimes that way ahead can only be followed with concentration and focused sight. Slowly. Cautiously. Sometimes shining a bright light only increases blindness.
There is no way to hurry this journey. I decide to take it as it comes—and discover that this landscape offers much for contemplation.
There is no way to hurry Lent. Direct my steps in all ways, O God.
copyright © Anne E. Kitch 2012