Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable to you, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer. Psalm 19:14 NRSV
Well, here we are. We entered into the season of Lent a couple weeks ago. Now we wait and prepare. The excitement and the newness have worn off. We are in the midst of this journey of these forty days.
There is a problem about the middle of the journey. It’s not very exciting. If you’ve ever been on a long car ride you know: the scenery might change a little, but still, you’re stuck in the car, and still have hours to drive. Maybe you play license plate bingo to pass the time, or count cows on the side of the road, but still, you have to keep on driving forward to get to your destination.
Here in the midst of Lent, we are in a similar situation. We started Lent at Ash Wednesday, and we know we are going to end up at Easter, but for now, we’ve got to keep plugging along to get to our goal.
We have our breaks along the way, each Sunday is a little Easter where we still celebrate our risen Lord, Jesus Christ. But we also have to keep focused on the journey, or we’ll get sidetracked, and have to figure out how to get back on the right road.
Part of the point of Lent is the actual journey itself. If we were able to jump straight from Ash Wednesday to Holy Week, and then straight on to Easter, then we would never get the opportunity to redirect our steps towards God. The road is so long because we need the time to practice our steps.
As we spend this time in Lent, I encourage you to use the words from Psalm 19 to guide your steps. As Christians, we desire our words and our thoughts to be pleasing to God. As loud as our words speak, we also try to act in such a way that displays God’s wonder in the midst of us.
God has promised to be our foundation and our savior. Sometimes it seems impossible to think that anything could keep us stable on anything. But God has promised to hold us and help us in our journey, no matter how tired we get.
The road is long. The way is difficult. We may get lost when we think we see a shortcut. But God promises that the Journey is worth. Because at the end of the journey is a risen Savior who loves us more than we can imagine.
And that’s a Promise.