1st Sunday of Lent - February 21
Rev. Asa J. Lee, D.Min.
WTS VP Campus Administration/Associate Dean; MDiv, 2007; Wesley Council Donor; Baptist Clergy
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“Somewhere Over the Rainbow” sung by Gregory Porter
~ Genesis 9:8-17
There is something deeply disturbing about the flood story in Genesis. Would a benevolent God really destroy creation because of the sins of humanity? What kind of evils would warrant such actions on the part of the Divine? We can (and should) wrestle with the actions and thoughts of God in the text, but it is the end of the story that is most instructive. As the waters recede and the ark is unloaded, God takes perspective and reflects on God’s actions. God has a “come to…. God'' meeting to view the damage and reflect on God’s feelings. God seems remorseful and determines to do something different- “never again shall all flesh be cut off by the waters of a flood, and never again shall there be a flood to destroy the earth.” God chooses to recalibrate.
This Lenten season, recalibrate. Get some perspective on all that has occurred in our lives over the last twelve months. We are living through a global pandemic while participating in our generation’s struggle against forces of injustice. In these extraordinary times gaining perspective will help you to both lament and celebrate all that we are living through. Gaining perspective leads us to reflect, and like God we then recalibrate.
God’s continual recalibration throughout scripture led to the ultimate salvation of all in Jesus Christ. So too, our lives are built on a continual recalibration. Let this season be a time of recalibration for your sake, for my sake, and for Christ sake.
Reflection: How will you recalibrate this season?