The word, direct, is borrowed from a Latin word meaning to set straight or guide. We use directions/guides in all facets of our being. Cooks follow directions in recipes, teachers guide their students in learning, Conductors direct orchestras, Doctors direct patients to take medicine, and on and on. Without some direction, we are lost.
When I was young, we had to stop by a gas station for directions or purchase road maps to get directions to new places. Today, I don’t think gas stations even carry road maps any more. In today’s world, people rely on new technology called a GPS, or Global Positioning System. Miraculously, a GPS can tell an individual how to navigate to and from just about any place in the world, simply by asking and following the directions.
I’m going to take a leap of faith here and suggest that GPS might also be an acronym for another meaning. What if it also stood for God’s Positioning System? Not new technology, God’s direction/guidance was given to us from the beginning of creation by a God who not only loves us but is here to show us The Way. The past two Sundays we’ve heard Gospel readings from Luke and Jesus’ Sermon on the level place, or plain, sometimes referred to as The Beatitudes. (Lk. 6:17-38) The Beatitudes are our road map for both how God acts and how we are to act/live. Not gas station gas nor road maps, but the God given power that moves and directs us is love!
At last July’s 79th Convention of The Episcopal Church, Presiding Bishop Michael Curry put forth The Way of Love as the Rule of Christ’s Life. Bishop Curry had seven components in his directive: Learn, Pray, Worship, Bless, Go, Rest, and Turn. More important than getting from point A to B, making the perfect cake, or playing in perfect harmony, is learning the way to follow Jesus, in being guided ever closer to God, in being directed/guided to new life. The most important direction is this: Jesus said, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. (Jn. 14:6)
As we approach the beginning of Lent on the 6th of March, might we use these guide lines for a holier Lent? Each day of the weeks of Lent, might I suggest that we focus on one of these seven words and use it to guide you ever closer to, and become more one with, Jesus. Not lost, you are found.
To God be the glory! Amen