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An equation to consider: God(sensuality + service)=spiritual growth

Friday, December 22, 2000

Luke 1:46, 52-53
And Mary said:
My soul glorifies the Lord
and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,
for he has been mindful of the humble state of his servant...
He has brought down rulers from their thrones
but has lifted up the humble.
He has filled the hungry with good things
but has sent the rich away empty.

I have often wanted to be rich and famous. I have also wanted a smaller nose and a bigger chin. I've wanted more muscles and less fat, and it would be so nice to have kids that love to do chores and a wife who always agrees with your dreams, baby!

Yet in spite of these rejected pseudo-prayer requests, the Lord "has been mindful of the humble state of his servant." Left to my own devices, humble pie might indeed mean powerlessness, ugliness, poverty and meanness. Bitterness overtakes many of the broken people walking the world's streets.

But humility, when I surrender it to God's Midas touch, fills me up with goodness in spite of my imperfect vessel. My weakness becomes strong, I am rich without wealth, and my eyes open to the beauty before, behind, above, and below me.

Experiencing humility is more than just a lack of pride (Webster's definition); it requires a surrender of the effort to create meaning and value for myself. Letting God be in charge of my significance requires faith and courage. It means putting an end to grasping at the straws of whatever wealth and fame to which I might still aspire.

God's response, his promise clearly made over and over, gives me new vision and feel for the physical beauty all around and opportunities to serve and give and bless others. When I open my revitalized senses to the world, when I open my strengthened hands and arms to serve, then "my soul glorifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior."

Lord, you have given me all I need to thrive and grow and rejoice. Open my eyes and ears and hands, teach me to receive and give as Mary did.

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