May 6, 1 Peter 5:6
1 Peter: Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, so that he may exalt you in due time.
Typically, I read Richard Rohr's daily meditations. He is an amazing modern-day mystic with beautiful things to say. He brings in other people's quotes as well. On Saturdays, he posts a summary of the week's mediations. This past week, the theme was Transitions.
We will normally do anything to keep the old thing from falling apart, yet this is when we need patience and guidance, and the freedom to let go instead of tightening our controls and certitudes. —Richard Rohr
There comes a time when the things that were undoubtedly good and right in the past must be left behind, for there is always the danger that they might hinder us from moving forward and connecting with the one necessary thing, Christ himself.
—Esther de Waal
Transitions can only take place if we are willing to let go of what we have known, the worlds we have created, and our assumptions about “how things are.” To let go is the precursor to being reborn. —Barbara A. Holmes
Richard Rohr was a dear friend of my aunt and uncle, and they were instrumental in helping Fr. Richard create the Center for Action and Contemplation in Albuquerque, NM. I learned of Fr. Richard when I first moved to Bozeman and a family friend came for a visit and told me about him. When I met him at my aunt's funeral, I felt the urge to kneel before him. I bowed instead.
He is who today's verse reflects. He is doing the Lord's work (as are we all), and we can only be humble when we realize that. When we realize that our compass points to God, there are no wrong turns, only releasing ourselves from our own insecurities (and others) and letting God direct our steps.
Today, may we let go of our old ways and step onto God's path, letting Him be where our compass leads.