Lent is the 6 weeks leading up to Good Friday and Easter where we remember the death and celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Many of us participate in Lent to remind ourselves to more fully enter into what this act of love and sacrifice of Jesus’ life means for our life here on earth and in eternity. We celebrate being reconciled once and for all to God and being free from condemnation of our sins because Christ paid the price of death for us. This truth is what sets us free. John 8:32
Lent is not a religious requirement or about rules to follow. That is not freedom. Lent is rather, a reset of our daily rhythms. It’s an interruption in our routine patterns as we are creatures of habit and some of the habits we have formed create unhealthy rhythms in our lives.
With participating in Lent, we intentionally commit to allowing God to interrupt our patterns and fill the spaces and cracks in our hearts that we have been filling with other things such as worry, distraction, food, busy-ness…etc. He wants to fill those empty places with abundance of love, joy and peace that is everlasting.
God’s invitation to us is to “taste and see that the Lord is good” as He showed David in the Psalms. This is not an invitation to a life pretending everything is great all of the time. This is an invitation to sit in the secret place, our inner sanctum, and allow God to enter there. When we invite Him into this secret place, that’s when He can reset our rhythm and do the miraculous work of healing the patterns in our minds, in our lives and in our perspectives.
It’s where He can show us that we can turn to Him to be our true satisfaction, our peace beyond understanding and our joy which becomes our strength. We are all looking for this kind of satisfaction. How do we actually enter into experiencing it? Sometimes it takes resetting our rhythms of what we spend our time on, what we fill our minds with, how we pray, how we view our circumstances…etc. Do our habits reflect living a life of being loved by a reckless God who gave up everything for us?
1 John 3:16 says ‘We know what real love is because Jesus gave up His life for us.”
For the next 6 weeks let’s go deeper into exploring this invitation God extends to us to know and experience His real love. Each week I will provide a short devotional reading and video to meditate on. It is intended to make space for your heart and mind to reset your rhythms and enter into that secret place with the Lord. This is not a typical “bible study” where you fill in the blanks and check the boxes of a weekly scripture reading. Most of us don’t need one more box to check. We need more time in God’s presence. We are going into unchartered territory of entering the deep waters of God’s reckless, wild love; an adventure that will engage all 5 of your senses.
I’m praying that He will do the rest and meet you there.
God’s invitation to us is to partake in the ultimate feast. To sit at the table and eat and drink of Him.
Taste and see that the Lord is good. Blessed is the one who takes refuge in Him. Psalm 34:8