Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Wednesday Weekly Devotional

By Pastor Sarah Winter

Give me your lantern and compass, give me a map, So I can find my way to the sacred mountain, to the place of your presence, To enter the place of worship, meet my exuberant God, Sing my thanks with a harp, magnificent God, my God.”   Psalm 43:3-4 (Msg.)

One of my favorite spiritual practices is the Spiritual Compass.  It is one that I have moved through many times over the last few years, with every experience being different based on the time and circumstances of life surrounding me.  

This practice invites us to look at the different directions of the compass as different regions of our lives:

North represents the “true north” that guides our lives.  It is our calling or purpose that keeps us moving forward on life’s journey.

East represents new beginnings and transformational events in our lives, similar to how the sun rises each day on a new adventure.

South represents our creative, spontaneous sides.  The things that remind us of innocence of childhood.

West represents endings in our lives, such as lob loss, relationships or values that we have let go of as they did not serve us well or hold true.  

As we look at each of these quadrants this season, we are able to reflect on where we currently are on our life’s journey.  Sometimes we’re able to spend equal time in each quadrant, feeling like our lives are in balance and we are confident of our location.   Other times however, our heart is pulled more to one direction than the others and we fill pages of writing on the emotions stirred by that quadrant.   This is where Holy Spirit is working within us by calling us to look deeper into ourselves and our hearts, and to pay attention to the feelings that are being aroused.  In these moments we are being transformed if – we intentionally listen to what Holy Spirit is telling us.

I invite all of us this week to set aside 15 minutes to sit in a comfortable, quiet location with a journal and a pen and reflect on our Spiritual Compass.   It may be helpful to start in prayer, asking Holy Spirit to clear our minds of distractions and open our hearts to more clearly feel his presence and hear his voice.   It may be helpful to print off the compass at the end of this devotional and write on it.  It may be helpful to have some prompts for each direction:

North –  What do you see as your true purpose in life? How are you doing on this journey? If you’ve become sidetracked, what one step might you take today to head you in the right direction?

East – What new beginning are you facing at this time? How does this make you feel? Can you see both the positives as well as the negatives to this change? Do you recognize you have agency in this change? What can you do to help make the change smooth and/or easier to accept?

South – Think back to childhood when perhaps life was a bit more carefree and spontaneous. Recall a fun time… close your eyes and watch yourself playing. What are you doing? What did you want to be when you grew up? How can you reconnect with that younger you at this time in life?

West – What have you had to release lately? Or perhaps… what are you holding on to that you need to release? How does it feel to consider that possibility? Can you see both the positives and the negatives to this change? What is causing you to continue to hold on?

However each of us approaches the practice is perfect, as we are spending time with God.   I pray that through each of us reflecting on our Spiritual Compass we are able to feel Holy Spirit speaking to us and working within us and in this, find peace.