We are in the season of Lent..the forty day period before Easter. This year it began on March 9th. I have never been one to pay attention to these seasons..until they are actually happening. So I missed the date Lent started and suddenly realized that it was in progress. I heard people mention that they were giving up things for this period..TV..sugar..alcohol..dessert..etc. Suddenly it seemed important to find something to do to celebrate the season and to recognize it as the time when we are approaching Easter..a very important moment for us as believers.
What did God want from me? I could tell that there was something I needed to give up..suddenly I knew. Worry and anxiety. That was it! Two things that I can live without and would love to give up forever. Worry is the enemy of faith. Anxiety comes in and drives us away from God. I decided to turn away from them during this season..to remember that God was with me whenever the temptation appeared. It is an interesting challenge to give yourself.
Everyday..there is a situation that demands attention and the temptation to worry appears. Suddenly I remember.. I am not doing that right now..I gave this up for the Lord. It feels great when that happens..God moves closer and my faith grows stronger. When we worry we cannot hear His voice..our own thoughts are all-consuming. When we are anxious..He seems to disappear as we turn things over in our minds wondering what will happen.
So..let’s agree to draw near to Him this season in anticipation. To turn away from worry..to decide to believe and trust that He sees..He knows..He will do what He has promised. That great day in history is approaching..the moment when He entered history and did everything for us. Let’s decide to do something for Him..
“Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done.”