“Create in me a clean heart, O God, and put a new and right spirit within me.” (Psalm 51:10 NRSV)
Throughout my father’s life I saw him change and grow. He wasn’t always the most patient person, but really, who is? I can be at the head of the line myself some days. In hindsight ,I think my dad dealt with a lot of stress that he kept to himself. I was shielded from it, but I think that just made his load heavier at times. Through the gift of a life well-lived and experiences taken to heart, he mellowed over the years. I remember one time riding in the car with him when he was in his sixties and he missed a stop light. As he stopped the car, he turned to me and winked, “Now I’m first! Looking at it that way, it has no control over me. I took its power away.”
That has always stayed with me. There have been times I have felt powerless in the midst of a situation, especially when watching my child struggle. I think of my dad’s wise words at times like that. When worry, frustration, grief, etc. get a toehold (or a death grip!), I use my dad’s wisdom of trying to see it from a different perspective. How can I take away the power of something that has negative control and needs to be weeded from my life?
In Psalm 51, the psalmist writes, “Create in me a clean heart, O God, and put a new and right spirit within me.” (Psalm 51:10 NRS)
This is a psalm of returning to God and turning away from sin. I think that same idea applies here. Asking God for a clean heart, a fresh start, a new attitude creates a new perspective. It gives the power and glory to God in all things.
Prayer: Patient God, Thank you for the power to renew and refresh and put our hearts in the right place. Give us a fresh view of the world full of wonderful possibilities. Amen.
Photo: “Driving In Car In Fall” by digidreamgrafix