Lenten Meditation-Mark 9:35
35He sat down, called the twelve, and said to them, ‘Whoever wants to be first must be last of all and servant of all.’
Again we need humbleness not pride; let go of pride. Yet, we want to be great. We want to be first.
With God much is turned around. What seems important is really not. What is in our world changes with God, because through God all is divine.
When we are not trying so hard to be great, everything becomes clearer. Meister Eckhart leads me through this meditation: “[If you can] take what comes to you through him, then whatever it is, it becomes divine in itself; shame becomes honour, bitterness becomes sweet, and gross darkness clear light. Everything takes its flavour from God and becomes divine; everything that happens betrays God when a man’s mind works that way; things all have this one taste; and therefore God is the same to this man alike in life’s bitterest moments and sweetest pleasures.”
If we could always recognize this, that all flavors come from God, then the importance of so many things just fall away. We cannot see this when we are trying to be first. When we stop trying and let the pride fall away we see the divine. We must be a servant not a master. We must recognize that God is our sole provider and all that he provides no matter what is divine.
Prayer: Dear God, this is a crazy mixed up world for us, because we are not looking for the divine in all we see, feel and experience. Help us Lord to let go and trust in Your divine nature and guidance. I ask this through the Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.