Leading into the Lenten season, many will begin to make their sacrifices and will begin to reflect on their desires to become even closer to their faith.
Many of us, I can assume, have been lost. Not knowing exactly what to do in life, going down treacherous paths that lead to significant worldly issues, and feelings of despair in absolute crushing times. Jesus experienced all of these things. God created Jesus for the sole intention on putting on this Earth a person of flesh from God. Created in his likeness and with the abilities of God Himself, but able to be seen and tested like the rest of mankind—truly one of God’s most beautiful creations.
Lent is a time of sacrifice, renewal, and self reflection; certainly. But, its meaning spans greater than just that. Lent is a set of days, 40 in all, that brings the remembrance of Jesus’ time in the wilderness to the forethought. His times of trials not knowing what to do, treading down dangerous paths, feeling lost and alone, all while being tempted by Satan. It is Jesus’ time in the wilderness that brings us closer to God. His only begotten Son, in these ways, brings the rest of us closer to God.
During this Lenten season, do make those sacrifices, give up those things that seem so difficult to relinquish, but don’t lose sight of its true meaning. Stop, reflect, and study the times of Christ’s life. Take into the Word and feel the familiar human emotions that Jesus too felt during his times of struggle. Reflect on why it is that, like Jesus, God will deliver you from the darkness and bring you into the light. Feel that immense closeness with Jesus and the Father so that your soul will once again feel that renewal.
Lent is not just about Ashes, the passing of Christ, or the sacrifices made. It is also about renewing the lost feeling of togetherness that had existed from before. As Christians, it is easy to forget in the times of gladness and strength. We should devote ourselves even further during these times as we do in the times of weakness and sorrow.
In Luke 5:34 Scripture reads, “And Jesus said to them, ‘Can you make wedding guests fast while the bridegroom is with them?’”. In reading that Scripture, think of the times that we fast. What is missing? Is that rumbling in your stomach there? Is that desire to get a taste of that sweet treat present? Now go further, when not fasting, are those same feelings there? No, they seem to be satisfied. Fasting should remind us not about how much we are eating everyday. It should remind us to fill that yearning for sustenance in our souls. It should be wanting to crack that Bible on the desk for just a quick little treat of the Word. Our souls are hungry. Get out and feast!