On the last day of our California vacation, I sat at a small table in our room, enjoying the last sips of my coffee. Fresh flowers from the B&B garden were brought up on our breakfast tray, and there’s just something about fresh flowers that always brighten even the overcast day out the window. I wrote praises in my prayer journal for the beautiful days, quality time with friends, adventures with my husband, and delicious food that I experienced on vacation.
Usually when I’m on vacation, my routine is thrown off and I “take a break” from my devotionals or prayer time. Yet I can sense God teaching me about His presence as I’ve sought to journal a prayer each morning of Lent. Not that I’ve done this every single day of Lent, but the practice is revealing His presence. And when I more consistently sit in God’s presence, I desire more of it… more of Him.
The power of Lent is in the waiting and the hoping. I wait for the Lord to show up, and each morning I renew my hope in Him. In this waiting, I have time to examine my heart and prepare it to receive this hope.
Lent is a time for reflection, and to see the depth of our need for hope in a Savior.
When Jonah (finally!) goes to Nineveh, he proclaims, “Yet forty days, and Nineveh shall be overthrown!” During Lent we have 40 days to consider the depth of our sin and how it is overthrown by Christ’s sacrifice.
Do we look at our sin during Lent like the Ninevites do?
“And the people of Nineveh believed God. They called for a fast and put on sackcloth, from the greatest of them to the least of them. The word reached the king of Nineveh, and he arose from his throne, removed his robe, covered himself with sackcloth, and sat in ashes. And he issued a proclamation and published through Nineveh, ‘By the decree of the king and his nobles: Let neither man nor beast, herd nor flock, taste anything. Let them not feed or drink water, but let man and beast be covered with sackcloth, and let them call out mightily to God.'”
When we sit in the presence of God, we recognize the depth of our sin and we also see our need for a mighty Savior. Seeing your sin as small makes our Savior small. Yet we also know the depth of hope that comes at the end of Lent. The hope that only comes from a mighty God.