We are all a little grumpy this morning, feeling the full effect of springing forward. One son in particular was very vocal in his displeasure at the early rising.
“The time change gets us all out of sorts,” I said, by way of reassurance. It was a kind of, “Hey, we’re all in this together” sort of offering. But he refused to be comforted, grousing about more than an hour’s loss of sleep, dumping out all the stuff of life that is wrong right now.
“Next year,” I said, “ you won’t remember any of this. This too shall pass.” And I put my hands on his shoulders and looked up into his eyes.
This is how I spring forward: Keep the Bigger Story in mind. I’ve been reciting 2 Corinthians 4:16-18 to myself lately. Keeping those words like a banner before me. These are light and momentary struggles, I say to myself. What is unseen is eternal, I go on. And my soul responds with a heavy sigh, a deep surrender. Living into a thing is part of the discernment process. Sometimes that means living through some bumps in the road.
This morning, I read these words from Thomas a Kempis:
Many love Christ as long as they encounter no hardship; many praise and bless him as long as they receive some comfort from him. But if Jesus hides himself and leaves them for a while, they either start complaining or become dejected. Those, on the contrary, who love him for his own sake and not for any comfort of their own, praise him both in trial and anguish of heart as well as in the bliss of consolation … Where can we find anyone who is willing to serve God for nothing? It is surely rare to find a person spiritual enough to strip himself of all earthly things? And where can we find anyone so truly poor in spirit that he is free from being dependent on created things? Such a person is worth far more than the jewels brought from the most distant lands.”
Last week, the snow fell in heaping mounds around us. School was cancelled and we stayed home from work. But today? The world continues her slow melt. There is evidence of spring everywhere. God is working in this broken world. God is working in me. God is working in you. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. Time creates a lovely patina that cannot be achieved any other way—not bought, not earned, not crafted with my hands. But faith is this, sticking through the hard times because of what we know is on the other side. We fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.
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