I’m going to go back to what I love during this Lenten Season…taking photos and highlighting the beauty in the everyday, the sacredness of all that is around us, and in doing so, finding God in his creation.
I’ll be using Diana Butler Bass’ Grounded: Forty Day Devotional as a guide. I hope you’ll join me on this 40 day journey back to Immanuel, God with us.
Photo credit: George Vinson
“How often times in my own life are like what happens in the riparian zone: the ground under my feet softens, my steps turn tentative, and I become unsure of where or how to move ahead. This is the geography of trust and transformation, where the safe shore dissolves and we feel disoriented as we consider what we should do next.” (Grounded, p. 90)
The riparian zone is, in simple terms, the buffer between solid ground and the water. It is essential for maintenance and growth along streams and rivers.
Spiritually, this is mirrored in liminal spaces. The areas of in between, as we move from where we are to where we want to be. In these spaces, we may feel off balance, out of sorts. These are the places God uses to sift through the detritus to find the gold, the things that are of value. They are necessary places of growth, many times uneasy, many times, leaving us with more questions than answers.
Knowing that God is not above or beyond, but inexplicably woven into the tapestry around us, we must remember to trust that Grace holds us when we lose our footing. In the sifting, in the questioning, this ground is holy ground, this water, holy water, and he is always with us.
“Beloved, give me courage to explore the riparian zone of my soul.
May I learn to trust and know this place as a geography of grace.”
Diana Butler Bass