Step #1: Lectio / Read
Click the link below or open your Bible to the passage and read through the reading at least once, paying attention to what is happening in the text.
Step #2: Meditatio / Meditate
Use the following meditation to help you reflect more deeply on the Scripture (you may want to read the passage again).
I once heard a priest say “there is no humility without humiliation.” I learned this the hard way the first summer I moved out of my parents house. I moved in with some friends from college, and our dishwasher used different soap than I was used to so I had no idea which one to use. Too embarrassed to actually ask anybody for help, I summoned all of my wits and picked the bright purple bottle that said “dishes” on it. Well, I can tell you that when you use detergent intended for the sink instead of dishwasher soap there is nothing that can contain the flowing suds, especially the merger dishwasher door! Thankfully the dish detergent made a decent floor cleaner, because I spent most of the afternoon scooping suds up off the kitchen floor.
I made the best decision I could with the experience I had! Rather than seek the wisdom of somebody who knew more than I did, I decided to try to give it a shot on my own.
All I did was make a mess of my kitchen, but what happens when we lack wisdom in the areas of our life where decisions matter?
The book of Sirach tells us today that “All Wisdom comes from the LORD and with him it remains forever.” In moments when I feel crushed by everything going on in my life and I don’t know what to do I remind myself that I don’t have to have it all together, what I have to do is give it all to God. He is a God of perfect wisdom and he’s always there to lead and guide us if we’re willing to listen. I’m tempted to try to do things on my own, but my own cleverness is nothing compared to God’s wisdom. He’s the only one who can see the big picture and how all of the pieces of my life fit together, and He’s a loving father who is longing to provide for all of his children, if only we would ask.
“The sands of the seashore, the drops of rain, the days of eternity; Who can number these?” When life feels like it’s getting out of control, God reminds me that he knows every grain of sand in the world and he knows all the things that keep me up at night and just where they fit into his plan. When I get anxious about what the future holds, he reminds me that he knows every drop of rain, where it begins and where it lands on the earth, and I can trust where he is leading me too. When I struggle waiting for his plan to be made clear in my life, he reminds me that he knows each day of eternity, and that when I patiently stay close to him waiting doesn’t always seem as long and painful.
Next time you’re in a tough situation and you don’t know what to do, whose wisdom will you rely on: your own, or the God who holds heaven’s height and the earth's breadth in the palm of his hands?
Step #3: Oratio / Pray
These questions are to be used to talk to God; have a conversation with the Lord about these questions and what is going on in your heart as you pray today.
In what areas of life do I need to seek greater wisdom?
In what ways do I need to let go and trust in God's plan?
When, where, and how has God reminded me that He's got this?
Step #4: Contemplatio / Contemplate
In this step, you listen. Stop talking, let God speak to your heart. You may repeat one of these short phrases to focus your mind on the Lord.
"I give it all to you God."
"You hold my life in your hands."
"Jesus, I trust in you."
Step #5: Actio / Act
In light of today's reading and your time spent in prayer with the Lord, what concrete action or actions will you take to let this encounter with the Lord bear fruit in you today?
Don't feel like you have to have it all together today, but give it over to God in surrender and prayer!
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Today's Prayer was prepared by Chris O'Hara, an evangelist in Canada.
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