As Pentecost approaches. Laura Nelson resolves to reignite the first of the Holy Spirit within her.
Sedentary. That’s how I’ve felt for a while. But only some of that feeling has been physical. It’s more that I’ve felt sedentary in my soul. Like a garden that’s laid fallow for too long and its soil has become dry and compacted. My soul seems to have grown hard and compacted from inertia. Perhaps it’s due to life, pain, and stress. Perhaps it's my own weakness that keeps my soul from being fertile ground. Either way, it seems that I’ve become a little too comfortable with who I am, and I’ve lost some of the fire of the Holy Spirit that spurs me on to be who I am meant to be.
I often think of Pope Benedict XVI’s words, “The world offers you comfort. But you were not made for comfort. You were made for greatness.” So, as Pentecost rapidly approaches, I’m feeling particularly called to reignite that spiritual fire within me and get uncomfortable again. To boldly go out into the world and trust in God’s providence. I need to remind myself that He will provide for me. He will make me a saint if I allow Him to. But if I never step out in trust, I’ll never really know how He can transform me, my life, or the world around me.
For me, this means shaking up my prayer life and doing something different to challenge me and help me see more with God’s eyes than with my own. It also means challenging the ideas and habits I have that are affecting my view of myself and of God. It means being more loving to myself and at the same time, more honest with myself about my weaknesses. (Why is it so hard to do both of those things?) It also means stepping out in faith knowing that God has great things in store for me if I’m willing to take a risk and make a change.
This Pentecost, I’m going to turn the soil of my soul to refresh and renew it so that it can bear more fruit in my life and in God’s Kingdom. And, just like garden soil that is brought to life again with oxygen, life-giving water, and fertilizer, my soul will be brought to new life as well. It might be uncomfortable but comfort isn’t what we’re made for, right? Won’t you join me? Let’s get uncomfortable together and seek greatness for the glory of God!
How will you turn the soil of your soul this Pentecost?
Copyright 2022 Laura Nelson
About the Author
Laura B. Nelson is a Catholic wife and mother of three children. She is also a Catholic blogger, author, speaker, teacher and life-long student of the Catholic faith. Laura likes to be busy but she most enjoys spending time with her husband and three children at their home in Grapevine, TX. Find out more about Laura at LauraBNelson.com.