Good Day, God!
A quote from Carl Jung: “In my case Pilgrim’s Progress consisted in my having to climb down a thousand ladders until I could reach out my hand to the little clod of earth that I am.”
I love that quote. To me that is humility. But, to me, it is a joyful understanding of humility. We are! We are loved! And we are called to let love flow through us. Humility doesn’t mean we are worms!
Although, as I learn about earthworms I wish that I could be as useful! They are major contributors to the health of the soil. (Hmm. Just as loving and compassionate people contribute to the health of a community.) Basically, earthworms dramatically improve soil structure, water movement, nutrient dynamics and plant growth.
Oh! And I recently learned that excess nitrogen — as in industrial fertilizers — harms earthworms. It seems that large, monoculture industrial farming is not at all good for earthworms. And, perhaps, God, working in large corporate bureaucracies is not good for people, either?
Funny, I hadn’t started out to compare us to earthworms . . . but I am enjoying the idea! As with Jung’s quote above — seeing ourselves as a little clod of earth — feels like seeing ourselves as part of Your Great Web of Life. So different from the hubris of seeing ourselves as designers and improvers of life.
Sigh. Thank goodness that humility does not require us to be powerless — but rather to depend upon and call upon Your Power of Love.