Happy Lent, everyone! Yesterday marked the beginning of a time of reflection and sacrifice. It is the Catholic tradition to give up something you love for these forty days, but I’ve always believed that adding something to my life is a better way to reflect on my relationship with Christ than giving up ramen. In years past, I have done things like add in a daily devotional or use the time I would normally spend listening to my Harry Potter audiobooks (while I get ready or cook) in prayer instead. As you know, the move has really thrown me off of my routine of reading my Bible daily. So this year for Lent, I am committing myself again to daily time spent studying and soaking in His Word.
Weeks 7 & 8 in the Daily Bible were primarily spent spelling out all of the laws that God laid out for his people, but in the first couple of readings from the section, Moses gives a history of the Israelites and all that God has done for them. I couldn’t help but notice how many times he says, “Do not be afraid,” or talks about how God has fought for them. However, as I prayed over the verses that I highlighted along the way, this one jumped out at me.
“…There you saw how the Lord your God carried you, as a father carries his son, all the way you went until you reached this place.” – Deuteronomy 1:31
God not only fights for us, but He carries us when we just can’t do it alone. How many times have you been so upset or so stressed that you feel like you can’t even breathe? Those are the times when you just have to rest your head on God’s shoulder and let Him carry you. What’s that saying, “God will never give you more than you can handle.”? While that’s totally true, as mere humans, there are definitely moments when we feel like we can’t handle all that He has given us. And that’s when we have to remember this verse and remember how, as our Father, He will carry us until we reach a better place. What a comfort that is!
Best & Blessings,