March 28th, 2011
“The people were thirsty for water… and they grumbled.” When water flowed, it flowed from an unlikely source. From a dry rock in the desert, life-giving water flowed.
During Lent, we strip back our excesses and take on practices that reveal our true thirst. Along the way, we may also find ourselves grumbling. We are preparing soberly for Jesus’ Passion. It is a season of death that longs for resurrection.
A few years ago, I decided I wanted to come to terms with my doubts about the Resurrection, so I talked to my spiritual director.
She told me to keep my eyes open for signs of resurrection around me appearing in unlikely places and unexpected forms. I wanted to turn my eyes to the Great Resurrection, but she insisted that I turn my eyes to the small, unexpected, unlikely resurrections of my everyday life.
So, that Lent, I took on the habit of looking for signs of resurrection. With time, I started to notice in me and around me the ways in which life was emerging or reemerging in places I did not expect to find it and in forms I might not otherwise have noticed. Finally, when Easter came, I was able to enter the joy of the Great Resurrection in a way I had not for many years.
Reflecting on the story in Exodus, we see that Moses, too, looked for signs of resurrection in the most unlikely of places. In the face of a grumbling, murderous people, he looked for the Presence of God. In the face of water scarcity, he looked for God’s provision. And in the face of a barren rock, he looked for God’s promise of a fountain.
This Lent, as we become aware of our thirst and our grumbling, may we be people who look for signs of resurrection, especially in unlikely places and unexpected forms.