February 03, 2018
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.