As we turn the corner on our Lenten journey and head closer towards Holy Week we are invited to reflect on how we see and perceive the landscapes of our lives; both the interior landscape in which our spiritual geography is always yearning for us to explore and encounter anew, as well as the exterior world and how we perceive and engage the world around us. It has been said that learning to see in new ways is one of the most challenging tasks of living a transformed life. Our gospel story from John this Sunday provides an invitation to engage that task directly. How we move towards transformation may have less to do with our carefully crafted versions of reality we choose to see and more to do with our ability to re-vision the landscapes of our lives, throwing away our shoes, standing on holy ground and trusting the Holy to help us refocus our sight. Perhaps together we will be open at last to seeing what has been there all along.
You are loved.
That day I saw beneath dark clouds
the passing light over the water
and I heard the voice of the world speak out,
I knew then, as I had before
life is no passing memory of what has been
nor the remaining pages in a great book
waiting to be read.
It is the opening of eyes long closed.
It is the vision of far off things
seen for the silence they hold.
It is the heart after years
of secret conversing
speaking out loud in the clear air.
It is Moses in the desert
fallen to his knees before the lit bush.
It is the man throwing away his shoes
as if to enter heaven
and finding himself astonished,
opened at last,
fallen in love with solid ground.
– David Whyte, Songs for Coming Home