Has the Holy Spirit ever sent you into the wilderness – have you ever been in a place where you feel like God in not there, God is not listening, things are hard and temptations and challenges occur one on top of the other……….even when you try to be quite before Him. Imagine what Jesus may have been feeling – he is aware of a mission his Father has given him, though he may not know exactly that was to be. He knows one thing though and that is there will be a big sacrifice to make and that this sacrifice is His Fathers will.
Have you ever been tested – have you lost a job, a home, a family member – these are inescapable occurrences, but the Lord call us to respond. Did you rise up to the test as Jesus did or as often happens to all of us, fall short, perhaps still grieving or in pain……
In this we share with Jesus who himself was tested and who had to rise to that test. Because Jesus overcame, we know we can overcome with Him.
As we begin our Lenten journey we will embark on a track that will begin with uncertainty, the wilderness if you will, and move us over the weeks, challenging us ,and changing us little by little as Jesus takes us on His journey of sacrifice, takes us on His journey with His Father in Heaven. Over the next weeks He draws us to that final event where our salvation becomes our reality.