Day 23 - March 11
WTS Research Associate, Lewis Center for Church Leadership
|Morning Theme Song:
Graves into Gardens
Realigning Our Thoughts ~ Psalm 95:6-11
I remember clearly in mid-March of last year when President McAllister-Wilson announced that due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Wesley’s buildings would be closed, and we would all need to work and take classes remotely. By the end of March, all Virginia public schools closed for the rest of the school year as well. Like many other parents, my husband and I found ourselves in the difficult predicament of trying to homeschool our daughter while both working full-time. I struggled to get my daughter to do the learning activities sent home by her school, which resulted in raised voices and many tears. Finally, one morning I prayed in desperation, “Lord, I feel like I’m not teaching my daughter anything!” And I sensed God saying to me, “She’s learning that she has parents who love her.” Somehow, I had gotten caught up in trying to please the school administrators by trying to make her learn what they determined she was supposed to learn in second grade. And yet she was already learning an important life lesson: that she is loved.
Living through the pandemic has stripped away our façade of control and self-determination in a myriad of ways. Yet often in times when things seem the most chaotic we can more clearly discern how God desires us to re-align our thinking with his, and we can experience his love and care for us in a deeper way.
Reflection: How is God leading you to realign your mind and heart with his during this Lenten season?