Beginning on Ash Wednesday and continuing until Easter Sunday, Lent is a season of preparation for Christians. This forty day period commences with a service remembering God’s words to Adam, ” from dust you were created out of, from dust you will return.” Like anything in life, it takes time to prepare one’s heart to transition from the natural to the supernatural. Thus, Lent serves as an annual journey to embrace the memory of a resurrected Messiah.
By the sweat of your brow you will eat your food until you return to the ground, since from it you were taken; for dust you are and to dust you will return.” – Genesis 3:19
Unfortunately, this tradition is often limited to six weeks instead of maintaining faith throughout the year. Sometime after Easter egg hunts end, when chocolates candies disappear and the emotion of this spiritual holiday ceases, people go back to their former ways of life. Like hibernating animals, faith goes into hiding, sleeping until the winter is replaced by Spring.
At this, Job got up and tore his robe and shaved his head. Then he fell to the ground in worship and said: “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked I will depart. The LORD gave and the LORD has taken away; may the name of the LORD be praised.” – Job 1:20-21
Now at the half way point of Lent, its not too late to awake from a spiritual slumber. Though shocked upon receiving the tragic news that his children perished, the Lord gave Job a heavenly perspective. Instead of blaming God or becoming bitter, Job remembered the gift of life. Therefore, as the season of Lent continues may the Holy Spirit transform you to become grateful for the hidden miracles in life.
by Jay Mankus