By: Anne-Claire Kasten
Readings: Exodus 40:1-15; Hebrews 10:19-25; Psalm 20
In the last chapter of Exodus, the Lord explicitly tells Moses how to “Set up the tabernacle, the tent of meeting.” Every item in the tent, from the table to the lamps and from the burnt offering to the basin, has a specific place. Moses also receives instructions for how to anoint Aaron and his sons into the priesthood, as God explains how they are to be washed and clothed once the tabernacle is ready.
The teacher in me responded to this passage by thinking of my work in setting up my classroom space. In many educational circles, the classroom is often viewed as the “third teacher,” meaning that, with thoughtful arrangement, students’ learning spaces can be designed to engage and empower them on their learning journey without a constant need for teacher direction. For my young Second Graders, this might mean creating systems in the classroom that help them develop routines that foster their growing executive functioning skills–the skills they’ll rely on as they continue in school, and indeed, in life in general.
In this season of Lent, I wonder if this scripture might serve as a reminder that when we take the time to prepare our minds and spirits in a thoughtful and deliberate way, perhaps we enable ourselves to better listen to God whenever or wherever God speaks to us. If our life is cluttered with the usual everyday worries, we may find it difficult to stop and listen. When we seek to organize our lives around God, we become more resilient to our stressors, opening up the learning space for how to follow Christ.
“Dear God, Show me the ways to set up the tent of meeting with you. Help me to seek and see opportunities to listen to your Word and be in Christian fellowship with my community. Amen.”