There is nothing stable under heaven — James Baldwin.
This last year is an example of Baldwin’s words. The only thing that was certain was uncertainty. Just when things couldn’t get any worse, it did, and when we thought there was a light of day on the horizon, a new darkness appeared. It was a year of the famous song lyric, “If it weren’t for bad luck I wouldn’t have any at all.”
And yet, it wasn’t as bad as all that, and many of us survived and feel that things are about to get much better. So is Baldwin correct?
Stability constitutes a feeling of being grounded, centered, and on firm footing. The winds of uncertainty may blow, but cannot knock you over. Baldwin says there is nothing stable under heaven so perhaps the corollary is true. Stability lies with God in heaven. God’s love is life’s one certainty, and once you are centered on God you’ve reached stability.
Lent is the time where we focus our attention on God and his plan for us. Over forty days we reconnect and gain stability.