Lenten Reflection Day #17

08
Mar

Last week I was driving down Rt. 46 headed towards the recycling center when the familiar rumble of a flat tire forced me to pull over to the side of the road.   My tire-changing equipment in my trunk looked woefully inadequate to the job, but fortunately, I have AAA, so I called and was told someone would be by within the hour.

Finding myself in a place I’ve driven through literally thousands of times before, it was odd to be just sitting there, waiting, watching.    Most everybody else in that space was just “passing through” as I customarily was.

Perhaps because it is Lent and I was intentionally trying to be more prayerful, I figured I should take the opportunity to do so.  I resisted the urge to feel annoyed about being “stuck” there, and tried to open up to God — to be a blessing, somehow to all the people rushing by.  

Curiously, within a minute or so of consciously beginning to pray, some sort of delivery truck pulled up in front of me.  A man who looked like he was newly immigrated to this country got out of the van and walked up to my window, offering his help.   I thanked him, but said I had someone on the way to assist me.   He nodded and got back in his car and drove off. 

I couldn’t help but wonder if there was a connection between my praying and having this man stop to offer help. 

My mind is often in an altogether different place, feeling rushed and “put upon,” and at such times, help doesn’t seem much in evidence.    It gets me thinking about the impact our mental states have on the world around us. 

Jesus sent his disciples into the world with specific instructions to travel light.  He seemed to assume that help would be there when they needed it if only they were willing to be open to it.  “Ask,” he said, “and it will be given.”    AA talks about the “higher power,” with the assumption that unless you consciously, humbly reach out for the help, you cannot avail yourself to the assistance that is offered. 

Loving God, you have far more help to provide than we are willing to receive.  Slow us down when we are tempted to rush through life, and remind us, as best we can, to open our hearts and minds to your grace.    In Jesus’ name.  Amen.  

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