Almost missed it. Indeed, I did.
I get so many notifications and promotional emails from WordPress – the “technology platform” for my blog – that I tend to swipe left (i.e. discard them) before they’re even half-read. I know from experience that the message is likely trying to upsell me: WordPress wants to add a capability or launch a plug-in that will turbocharge my messaging.
And good for them. I’m glad (sorta) that they’re always working to improve life on the platform. It’s just that, these days, I find I have little desire to turbocharge ANYTHING I touch. In fact, it can be downright dangerous for me to move too quickly. So my reflex reaction to most of the messages I receive is “Thanks, but no thanks.”
Good thing, then, that I took a second look at one of those notifications a couple of days ago. It was a different sort of message all together: A milestone marker, complete with medallion, congratulating me for celebrating 10 years as a blogger.
The WordPress folks have no way of knowing, I suppose. But their praise is misplaced. The anniversary medallion rightfully belongs to the Holy Spirit, Who first touched my heart with the notion of blogging about ‘found spirituality’ on the eve of Lent – Mardi Gras – in 2013.
It is the Holy Spirit (I hope) Who has continued to “turbocharge” these efforts for a full decade now.
And it is the Holy Spirit who has reminded me today…to remind all of you, my dear readers…to cherish the days of Lent that are now stretching out ahead of us.
Perhaps there’s some pruning to be done in our lives.
Perhaps the Holy Spirit is waiting for a “yes”, to unleash a whole new wellspring of creativity in us.
Or perhaps it’s a little bit of both.
In any event, my prayer for you is that over the next 40+ days, these words from St. Paul, now smoldering in your heart, will soon burst into flame:
Behold, NOW is a very acceptable time;
behold, NOW is the day of salvation.
Let us pause now…to recall that we are in the presence of the Holy & Merciful One.
Congratulations on obeying the Holy Spirit prompt ten years ago, John—and for your faithful sharing ever since. Such an encouragement!!