From Lasting Hope Devotional
Hear my voice, O Lord, when I call;
have mercy on me and answer me.
My heart speaks your message --- "Seek my face."
Your face, O Lord, I will seek.
"What giants?" asked Sancho Panza.
"The ones you can see over there," answered his master, "with the huge arms, some of which are nearly two leagues long."
"Now look, your grace," said Sancho, "what you see over there aren't giants, but windmills, and what seems to be arms are just their sails, that go around in the wind and turn the millstone."
"Obviously," replied Don Quijote, "you don't know much about adventures." ---Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, The History of That Ingenious Gentleman, Don Quijote de la Mancha
Seeking God's face can be a disturbing idea, especially when your heart is telling you to do so. (However, ignoring your heart may be where real danger lies.) God, who is full of surprises, is the original plot-twister, and dealing with the unknown can be a little unnerving, to say the least. You just never know what's going to happen next.
But what if we thought of faith as an adventure, and seeking God as the quest to end all quests? Adventures are exciting, thrilling. They can be scary at times, but that's part of what makes them adventures. And as Sancho Panza discovered, adventures don't have to make sense or be logical. Sometimes the greatest adventures are those that happen within the heart and mind.
Lent can be a trying time. It probes deep into our souls, taking stock of what lies within. Lent calls us to follow our hearts and see God -- only to find God alongside us the whole time. Be courageous, O blessed adventurers! Enjoy the journey.
God of adventure, grant grace and protection to all who seek your face. Empower us when obstacles obstruct our ability to see you -- especially when those obstacles are us. Amen.