I have always believed that preparation done correctly will result in the desired outcome. In daily life we have many tools that helps us in preparation. Measured twice cut once, though if truthful I usually measure once and cut twice. I am in a hurry to get to the end. I am in a hurry to complete the task.
When I hurry I don't learn the lessons that are in the preparation. I arrive at the end and often it is anticlimactic. I stand with everything checked off my list, but I failed to savor the journey and learn the lessons. I did not prepare adequately.
Preparation when you leave the dock in calm weather. You hope that the weather will hold, but you still check all your safety equipment just in case. As we know the weather hardly ever holds, but if prepared you have a great sea story at the end of the journey.
So I find myself in the preparation period prior to Lent. Before I know it Fat Tuesday will be a memory and Ash Wednesday will be upon me.
I am not sure what I am going to do for Lent this year and have been a little worried. But then the Gospel tells me not to worry for the Lord will take care of me as He takes care of the lilies of the field and the smallest sparrow.
Lord, Help me to remember that you have me firmly in Your hands.
Help me to prepare for Lent without hurry and worry.
Help me to enjoy and embrace this time for it is only 40 days.
Help me to not only check off my list, but to be mindful of the lessons.
Thank you Lord for allowing me to walk this journey with you.