She starts out by looking back at her tail waving from excitement, and quickly reaches back to get it. Then it moves as she turns and the chase is on. Okay, sometimes we edge her on by saying with enthusiasm, “Get your tail!” “Get your tail!”
Last time I watched this game I took this picture, but then as I looked at the picture I saw myself and many others. We reach behind us to something in our past, and begin chasing it like it will become something in our future. Around and around we go, but we make no real progress. Sometimes it feels like we in a human hamster wheel.
Storm eventually gets tired of the game, and I imagine we do too. We may not even know how to stop, but if we don’t we will experience physical, emotional, and spiritual exhaustion. It is time to stop chasing our tail!
God called this time of stopping the Sabbath. The Sabbath was created by God to help us find healthy and helpful meaning and purpose. Yet we tend to use that time to energize the chase more.
I would invite us to pause right now. When we finish this paragraph, close our eyes, take a deep breath, and think about these questions for the next 3-5 minutes: “What are we chasing after?” “What would God invite us to strive for in our life?” “What first step do we need to take to start that journey?” Okay, begin!
What did we discover? What if we took this pause each day, or at least once a week? I believe we would find a new game that will energize, not drain our spirit. We are in the season of Lent, a time when we are invited to consider how to best prepare ourselves to welcome the risen Christ. This is a time to explore ways to stop chasing our tails, and become more faithful disciples.
I will see you in church. Remember, God loves us more than we can ever imagine, and I love you too!