“For we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. For in this tent we groan, longing to be clothed with our heavenly dwelling…” – 2 Corinthians 5
This morning I’m back with my familiar friend, Wake Med! This time it’s with my mum. We went into the ER yesterday lunchtime, and spent the afternoon being evaluated; they decided they wanted to admit her and take a closer look. Her vascular system has been pumping steadily and generously for eighty-five and a half years, and it may be time for a tune up.
This is why it’s so good that my parents live next door, and that I have the flexibility of working from home – or wherever I happen to be. I always write about real life, and there certainly is a lot of real life happening here in this hospital. Medical centers are essentially crucibles, points of tension (and possible transformation) physically, psychologically, and spiritually.
So for my mum, this crisis was precipitated by suspicion we might be heading toward a stroke. I paid attention, got her to the ER, and now we’re consulting with a team of neurologists and cardiologists. Early intervention, and then follow up over the next week or so should add up to a positive outcome.
I’m not sharing this in order to plaster my mother’s medical history all over the Internet, but to illustrate how our entire lives are a series of challenges, points of tension, crises, interventions, and consequent outcomes.
None of us live in a bubble; not physically, not spiritually. The way we move forward is to pay attention and to respond accordingly.
I believe that this time of the year, the weeks leading up to Easter, are critically important to our spiritual prognosis. We are given this unique opportunity to walk the dusty path to Jerusalem, to invite Jesus to walk alongside us, to respond to what we learn about ourselves, and to move forward into our tomorrows with a more focused, productive, healthy, spiritual identity.
We are given this unique opportunity to walk the dusty path to Jerusalem, to invite Jesus to walk alongside us, to respond to what we learn about ourselves, and to move forward into our tomorrows with a more focused, productive, healthy, spiritual identity.
Today is Wednesday. This coming weekend, Holy Week launches with the dramatic and enthusiastic celebration of Palm Sunday. Wherever you are as regards your spiritual health, I urge you to show up at your local church, wave a palm branch, and engage the opportunity afforded with the serious intention of a disciple.
Physical; Mental; Spiritual:
The more years I have under my belt (and there are quite a lot by now), the more I realize that my spiritual life is the most important aspect of my profile. Physically I am aging; mentally I won’t be this sharp for more than another couple of decades; spiritually there is always the potential for renewal, more growth, reinvention, and moving into a more vibrant future.
Physically I am aging; mentally I won’t be this sharp for more than another couple of decades; spiritually there is always the potential for renewal, more growth, reinvention, and moving into a more vibrant future.
It’s certainly something to think about, whatever your chronological age – and especially as we approach the celebration of Easter.
Derek has published seven books in the past decade (you can find them at https://www.amazon.com/Derek-Maul/e/B001JS9WC4), and there’s always something new in the works.
Before becoming a full-time writer, Derek taught public school in Florida for eighteen years, including cutting-edge work with autistic children. He holds bachelor’s degrees in psychology and education from Stetson University and the University of West Florida.
Derek is active in teaching at his church: adult Sunday school, and a men’s Bible study/spiritual formation group. He enjoys the outdoors, traveling, photography, reading, cooking, playing guitar, and golf.