Lent 3 :: "He told me everything I have ever done!"

Waterfall, Portree, Isle of Skye

I gotta tell ya: I ‘aint so sure I like this one… little… bit! Look, I know it’s true that God sees into the hearts of people. God knows our thoughts, sees our actions (even when we are alone!), discerns our intentions (even if we are unsure of them!). In short, there’s absolutely nothing about any aspect of our lives that is hidden from the Great Seer of all.

Right. But don’t talk about it Jesus. Don’t tell me that you know everything. I mean, it’s embarassing. I know what I’ve done, what I’ve thought, and most of what my intentions are, and I know that you know these things. But can’t you just keep quiet about it? Do you have to remind me? Life is so much easier when you just let me go about my merry way. Don’t muck it all up by bringing up my past.

But, hey! Is that what the Living Water is for? Could you be telling me something about washing away all the detritus of my life — cleansing me from my sin? Could it be that as long as I keep my secret faults (I think that’s what the psalmist called them), they just sit around, mucking up my life, festering and putrid like a stagnant pond? Is that why you mention my past, to get me to admit it, to own it? And then to let it be washed away in the Living Waters of your Love?

Something to ponder:

What’s in your stagnant pond that Jesus keeps telling you about?

Link to RCL Lectionary for Lent 3

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