Thursday, February 26, 2009
Living in the Story - Lent #2, 2009
Many Christians observe some kind of fast during the season of Lent. Traditionally it is a giving up of meat and flour to eat only vegetables and fruit or nothing at all. It is a way to identify with Christ and his 40 days of fasting in the desert. To take time away from our normal life and devote ourselves to an intentional season of prayer.
These days, people fast from all kinds of things...TV, the Internet, caffeine, etc. A common question around this season is "What are you giving up for Lent?"...I even saw it among my facebook friends last night. While this can be fun to talk about and hear what creative ideas people have it's not so much a "what" as it is an issue of time. Giving ourselves time to hear from God and to pray.
Don't we always want to do that? Of course but there is something to intentional seasons. I always want to be a good husband but that doesn't hinder me from making special "date nights" or weekends away with Amie.
When you feel the hunger pains, thirst, heavy eyelids, craving, emptiness, boredom or lack of some comfort, don't just endure, let it drive you to Jesus to be comforted with his presence. Let it remind you of your need for him that is at the heart of every need. Let's let him fill us up from the inside out.