“Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day….So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” ~2 Corinthians 4:16,18~
We are in the season of Lent– a time to reflect on our journey and to be assured and reassured that God is holding our lives. He has not abandoned us, but is walking with us step by step.
Images of Lent often include a desert wilderness–not a comfortable or even a peaceful place. The desert is a place of challenges. It can seem lifeless and hopeless. Nonetheless, it is a place where we can learn to appreciate God in our lives through our discomfort. It is a place where we can be transformed in thought and spirit, where we can learn to see God acting in every moment of our lives.
Our congregations today are experiencing desert-like moments. We should see this as an opportunity. We need to be here to being reimagining how to bring the Kingdom of God to our community in transformation ways. We need to be here in order to affirm God’s love, grace and hope for us.
The Evangelist in Luke tells us that: “Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit int he desert…” Luke 4:1. Before Jesus began his ministry he was led by the Spirit to be in full connection with God in the desert, a place that requires sacrifice and surrender to God’s will. This was vital preparation for Christ’s ministry.
We also need to be with and in God as we shape and mold the life and future of our church. The spirit of God is leading us through a desert-like place in order to nourish us and care for us so that we will be equipped to be in full commitment with God and what God is inspiring in each of us.
Therefore, we do not lose faith or hope. God will walk before us, will guide us and care for us as we approach the day, when in full flower, we have overcome our challenges.
“…anyone who has faith in me….will do greater things that these, because I am going to the Father…” With those words our Lord Jesus Christ gives us all the assurance we need. Let us be in a state of openness to receive from the Lord! We are on a journey but on this journey God is holding our lives!
-Pastor Uziel Hernandez