Most folks who own a car, especially a used car or one they’ve driven a while, have come to that moment when a mechanic says “your car needs an alignment.”
I found this short description of alignment from the Bridgestone Tire page: “Alignment refers to an adjustment of a vehicle’s suspension – the system that connects a vehicle to its wheels. It is not an adjustment of the tires or wheels themselves. The key to proper alignment is adjusting the angles of the tires which affects how they make contact with the road.”
Now I pastor a church. I don’t manage a garage but I’m grateful for those who do. Because when it comes to driving and maintaining a vehicle, well, I’m usually in over my head. I’m thankful someone has the skills and knowledge to correct whatever it is that makes my car run less efficiently or poorly. So why bring this up?
It’s Spring. You’ve noticed that. The trees are blossoming all around us and we’re pelted by petals and pollinated at the same time. It’s hard to miss the signs of new life around us. So let me ask you how is your alignment? Wobbly? Off kilter? The potholes of journeying through the daily grind have you out of alignment?
Before Spring is past, why not ask yourself how your spiritual life and discipleship are holding out—you wouldn’t hesitate to put on new tread if your tires put you at risk. You’d get that alignment to not only drive more efficiently but to safeguard your investment.
How’s your soul? Try this: find a place that is peaceful in or outside your home and take some deep breaths and close your eyes. Then chant or simply pray the Kyrie Eleison (Lord Have Mercy): Lord, have mercy. Christ, Have mercy. Ponder who you are and where you are and consider how a simple discipline of meditation in the week and worship on a Sunday might realign your soul and empower you to navigate the roads you travel down each and every day. Maybe I’ll write about a dashboard bobblehead next time.
Grace, Peace, Hope and Love abide in your life this week. If you want to talk about spiritual alignment, don’t hesitate to reach out to me. ~See you Sunday