Every year for Lent, season before Easter where I get to prepare myself for Christ’s sacrifice, I either give something up or add something to my life that is meant to bring my closer to my best friend (ie. Jesus). This Lent I decided to read the Jesus Calling Devotional by Sarah Young. I typically do all of my reading and journal writing at night, but I figured Lent could be a little different. So here is what I read on the 14th of February:
“Give yourself fully to the adventure of today. Walk boldly along the path of Life, relying on your ever-present Companion. You have every reason to be confident, because My Presence accompanies you all the days of your life-and onward into eternity.
“Do not give in to fear or worry, those robbers of abundant living. Trust Me enough to face problems as they come, rather than trying to anticipate them. Fix your eyes on Me, the Author and Perfecter of your Faith, and many difficulties on the road ahead will vanish before you reach them. Whenever you start to feel afraid, remember that I am holding you by your right hand. Nothing can separate you from My Presence.”
After a long afternoon of classes I was on my way home when the most unexpected thing happened. My car spun out and I ended up off the road, in a parking lot, facing the other direction. Snow had just started to drift down to the ground, and my path home was very icy.
I walked away without a scratch. I wasn’t planning on this being my adventure for the day, but I know God’s hand was on me. I felt very blessed by all of the people who responded to the wreck very quickly.
The true purpose of Lent is to remember that God must be first in our lives. Well, if this wasn’t a reminder, then I don’t know what is.
I don’t believe that God makes bad things happen to us, as I was just reading in James, He’s the giver of perfect gifts. He has a plan for all of this and I guess the true adventure will happen next.
I’m excited to see what happens!