These 40 Days..

The rain is falling, soft and steady, soaking deep, deep, down into the dark earth. The grey clouds spread like a blanket above the trees, blocking out the sun. It’s the kind of day that makes you want to crawl into bed, pull the covers up to your chin and stay there;  deliciously warm and cozy, alone with your thoughts.  It’s a “tuck in” kind of day. But, there are places to go, and people to see, and things to do, and spending a day at home, alone, is a luxury I do not have. Yet, I know the importance of taking time to listen to my heart, to reflect and pray and evaluate my life. I know the good work that comes from what doesn’t seem like work at all. I think that is why I look forward to Lent. Lent is an entire season of  “tuck in” kind of days – 40 days intended to help us find quiet time; time to spend alone, listening to what God wants us to know.
Lent isn’t always a comfortable time.  Sometimes, we don’t want to hear what God has to say to us. Sometimes, God challenges us to change our ways of acting, of thinking, of “being.” Sometimes, there is nothing warm and cozy about the grey days of Lent. But, that, too, makes me look forward to these 40 days. Because, even in the discomfort, in the ache that comes in the aftermath of stretching my spiritual muscles, I am most aware that there is a God, and that he cares for me.  As Max Lucado puts it, “God loves you just the way you are, but he refuses to leave you that way.  He wants you to be like Jesus.”
Lent is the time we intentionally follow Jesus into the wilderness to practice the spiritual disciplines that draw us closer to him, so we can be more like him: prayer, fasting, works of love.  And when we come out on the other side, 40 days later, thank God, we are not the same as when we went in!
Come.  Walk with us these 40 days.  Listen to what the Spirit has to teach you, about the Father God, about Jesus, and about yourself.  “Tuck in,” until the Son breaks through the clouds at Easter, and shines his ever-loving light on you!
A Blessed Lenten Season, Pastor Barb <><
…what we will be has not yet been revealed. What we do know is this:
when he is revealed, we will be like him, for we will see him as he is. 1 John 3:2