Lenten Blog Day 21 – The Parking Lot
Note: This blog is dedicated to my friend and colleague, Doug Ross who just sent me a “tick-tock” –are you blogging today email…lol. and to my daughter Blair whose Mimi to the rescue non-emergency-emergency has shifted my scheduled for the day. (yes, Blair, this story will make the blog one day….but not today.)
Today, I’m talking about the Parking Lot of prayer. At the company where I work, we had our quarterly meeting on Monday, led by my friend (and leadership guru) Rom LaPointe. I love to watch the interaction when the leaders of the company sit down together. Rom’s job was to shift this table full of type As focused on their own area to look at the strategies of the company as a whole. Rom is great at this. Still with every key strategy, someone (like me) had a specific issue that needed to be discussed. A critical, super important issue, I might add. But an issue that would definitely dominate the discussion. (ferrous/ non-ferrous… inside joke, don’t go there.) So Rom would take these ever so important issues and put them in the “parking lot.” This is just to say, yes these are important, but we are not going to talk about them right now.
I was thinking about that this morning as I began my morning prayer. As I tried to quiet my mind and my heart, some important issues came to mind. Now these are things that I do want to bring to God, but if I start down that road first thing, I will not get to some other, equally important things…like praise and the many, many things for which I am thankful. So I put them in the parking lot of prayer, and moved on.
One thing to remember about the parking lot is …you do need to go back there and pull them out. I am trying to set aside a specific time where I can go to God and concentrate on these issues that were weighing on me this morning. Don’t be afraid to “park” some issues, but then don’t forget to go back to the lot and deal with them.
Blessed are those who have learned to acclaim you, who walk in the light of your presence, O Lord. Psalm 89:15
Grace and Peace on this beautiful day in Lent.