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Clogged!

February 03, 2018
By Jodie Rubenzer, Discipleship and Spiritual Growth
Sometimes the messes of everyday life can bring awareness to us, of needs or changes that have to be dealt with.  Take for instance a clogged bathroom shower.
Mornings for me begin with at least one cup of coffee, prayer time (usually) and a shower.  Once these rituals have been completed I am set to begin my day. On this particular day my prayer time ended right about the time I finished my second cup of coffee.  I turned on the shower as I gathered my attire for the day and “gurgle, gurgle….water began to back up into the bathtub.  I located the plunger, baled water from the tub, called upon drain cleaner and of course Pinterest for home-made natural drain remedies; Nothing!!  I worked for a day trying to remove this beast of a clog.  In a “not so flattering moment of bad words” a question arose in me, “Is it possible you might be spiritually clogged”? 
Now what could that mean?  However this thought did make me smile and stop for a minute.  What is happening in my spiritual life right now?  Have all the tasks of daily life caused me to be too busy to sit for a few minutes with my God?  Have I been quick to judge lately?   Critical?  Am I so planned in my day to day stuff that I leave no room for unexpected moments of blessings?  What keeps God’s grace and love from flowing freely through me? All these thoughts started to swirl in me and I soon realized that this drain had a deeper message for me. 
It took a call to a plumber to fix the drain in our shower, and sometimes we need to call upon others for help in our spiritual life too.  While a weekly or monthly dose of drain cleaner can keep the plumbing in our homes clear, in our spiritual lives especially as Catholics we have   opportunities too. We have the Sacraments, especially the Eucharist to keep us moving deeper into the love of our God. 
As we near the beginning of the Lenten Season, I would invite you to take a look at the offerings we have at St. Bridget, to awaken, enhance or unclog your spiritual life.  If this isn’t what you need, just indulge yourself with some quiet time to reflect on the presence of God in your life.    Becoming aware of God’s presence in the day to day moments of our life is a step to keep us open to the possibilities and the love God has for us. 
Chances are this won’t be the last clogged drain in my life, but I am now aware of how to try to keep it from happening anytime soon.  It’s the same in my spiritual life; I know what I need to do to grow closer in relationship with my God.  For me, it’s daily quiet time and the Eucharist; sharing in the wonderful opportunity to receive Jesus and to gather with my parish family in prayer and praise.  It will be different for you. 
God sometimes uses the simplest of moments to cause us to push pause and enter, if even for a moment, into that quiet space with Him, where God alone can “unclog” us to become his conduits of love in this world. 
Brandi says:
February 04, 2018 08:52 AM CST
Love this!

Pat peloquin says:
February 04, 2018 09:20 AM CST
Very well said but mine isn't a clogged drain but a clogged mine that needs to be flushed! Lent is a great time to do this!

Pat Smith says:
February 04, 2018 10:45 AM CST
Wonderful post, Jodie! I have a sink that tends to clog regularly, and I don't think I will ever look at those clogs in exactly the same way again. I love the way you took an ordinary event in our lives and allowed it to have much greater meaning. The Jesuits talk about "seeing God in all things, " and that is what you have done. Thank you so much! Is there anyway to subscribe to this blog so that we know when you have posted something new?

Kelly Nichols says:
February 04, 2018 03:19 PM CST
Jode! This is awesome!!! Looking forward to more! ❤️

Lola Higgins says:
February 04, 2018 06:19 PM CST
Thanks Jodie, good timing I just signed up for a Lenten small group. Great to know St Bridget's is supplying the maintenance supplies we need to keep our spirituality unclog through lent and beyond.

Diane says:
February 05, 2018 12:07 PM CST
Great job, Jodie! Love this post, and look forward to more! :)

Olive muhollam says:
February 06, 2018 11:09 AM CST
Sometimes the least likely(in our minds) of people can be the bearer of God's message to help us "unclog" ! Be good listenership

Anne says:
February 06, 2018 01:31 PM CST
Thank you for sharing your spirituality with us Jodie! When I intentionally move from a "clogged" space to an "unclogged" space with God, I struggle to feel/hear any differently. Is this common?

Erin J says:
February 12, 2018 07:27 AM CST
Love that you’re blogging here Jodie. Keep it up!