“Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time.”
1 Peter 5:6
As I read this verse for the day I was reminded of something I witnessed on holiday last week. I was in Italy where I visited a number of beautiful churches.
As I was sitting in quiet contemplation near the back of one church, I heard a shuffling sound. Before long the shuffling came closer to me. I opened my eyes to see a mature woman on her knees, shuffling from the back of the church heading towards the altar. It wasn’t a short aisle, but she persevered. I looked on and, after overcoming my initial jealousy of the lady’s ability to kneel (something I’ve not been able to do for years) a sense of awe and wonder took its place. This lady was approaching God in total humility. I have no idea if she was doing this as some sort of penance, or pilgrimage, or if she may even have been taking the verse above literally but it caused me to pause and wonder about how often we approach God humbly. It’s very easy to come before God in praise and prayer, and even easier to bring him our prayers and petitions in times of difficulty but do we humble ourselves, giving our all to him, just as he gave his all to us in Jesus Christ?
When the woman eventually made it to the front of the church, a priest prayed over her and helped her to her feet. I’m not sure what happened to the woman after that as I was lost in my own prayers of thankfulness for her witness which reminded me about how we should approach the throne of Grace.
If we can humble ourselves and change our mindset about how we approach God, then our loving Father will reach out his mighty hand and lift us up, supporting and encouraging us for the journey ahead.
Have a blessed day.