From JoAnna over at Catholic Phoenix, comes this wonderful article titled “God should be our co-pilot, not our parachute.” She does a near perfect job of reasoning what Lent should be (getting closer to God) and not be (self-improvement).
She’s reading C.S. Lewis this Lent, The Problem of Pain, and find from several quotes of Lewis’ that in our culture today we simply struggle to make the time necessary to make God a part of our every day — that we not only should make time for Him, but make Him of each moment as we live to become closer to him. She re-frames a quote from Lewis for our culture today:
“God wants to give us something, but cannot, because our hands are glued to the keyboard—there’s nowhere for Him to put it.” Our hands can be full of work, school, family responsibilities, hobbies, parties, addictions, bad habits – anything that takes our attention and our focus away from doing the will of our Father in heaven.
Lewis adds: “Or as a friend of mine said, ‘We regard God as an airman regards his parachute; it’s there for emergencies but he hopes he’ll never have to use it.’ Now God, who has made us, knows what we are and that our happiness lies in Him. Yet we will not seek it in Him as long as he leaves us any other resort where it can even plausibly be looked for. While what we call ‘our own life’ remains agreeable we will not surrender it to Him.”
Lent is the opportunity for us to examine the ‘comfortable’ aspects of our life where we’ve turned away from God and make the necessary sacrifices to re-orient ourselves back toward Him. As many of us heard on Ash Wednesday, this is the time to “turn away from sin and be faithful to the Gospel.”
In other words, God should be our co-pilot, not our parachute.
- What is Lent for? (frscottsblog.wordpress.com)