Today we arrive at Day four of Lent. Perhaps we are beginning to feel the true struggle of being invited to put aside all distractions and deny ourselves. As we hopefully try to stay focused on the victory of Christ’s resurrection, we are also confronted with the humbling reality of our human frailty and the need to submit to Jesus as Lord.
When we have to do without, when the things that usually bring us comfort, escape and fleeting pleasures are stripped away, what remains? A very real and human hunger. And perhaps that is the true struggle we find ourselves faced with once again this Lent; that which we ache and long for. We are put in a position where we are no longer able to escape, numb or avoid. Instead, Jesus meets us in our hunger and our pain and provides us with the grace we need to not only listen to the Word, but to refuse sin and do what is right. In our vulnerability, He meets us in true friendship and offers to feed us where we are most hungry, and soothe us where it hurts the most so that we can truly repent and be renewed in the glory of the resurrection.
What do I hunger and ache for the most in my life? What is one small thing I can do differently today to feed these areas of my life with the living water that Jesus provides instead?