“It is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for one who is rich to enter the Kingdom of God.” We have arrived once again, intrepid readers, to one of the most famous of phrases quoted by Christians and philosophers alike concerning the improbability of a large beast of burden being able to squeeze through the tiniest of all crevices. The stunning truth behind this wonderful selection has been treated before in these pages and shall be repeated in a condensed form. Jesus was not talking about a sewing needle but rather about a narrow entrance into the city of Jerusalem, a gate known locally as “the eye of the needle.” This gate was so small that a camel could only be brought through with great difficulty, squeezed through on its knees only after all the load of goods to be sold and traded were removed and unpacked from its tired back. It remains crystal clear that only when we are both unburdened and prayerful can we see the light at the end of any tunnel presented to us along our spiritual journeys.
So how does one practice a life that is both clutter-free and deeply close to the Lord? “I prayed, and prudence was given me; I pleaded, and the spirit of wisdom came to me.” When we ask for wisdom, the Lord is ready to dole it out. Wisdom is an amazing gift that appears when we least suspect it but something that we must continually acknowledge and depend on: “Teach us to number our days aright, that we may gain wisdom of heart.” It is this same wisdom that allows us to draw near to the Scriptures and allow ourselves to be bathed in the light of love and forgiveness and mercy all the while we live and move and have our being: “Indeed the word of God is living and effective, effective, sharper than any two-edged sword.”
The message for this beautiful Sabbath is simple: start each day by packing and unpacking, making sure you’ve got the right things right where they need to be.