Sunday, February 26, 2012

Desert Time

At once the Spirit drove him out into the desert, and he remained in the desert for forty days, tempted by Satan. He was among wild beasts, and the angels ministered to him.  - Mark 1:12-13
Lent can be a desert experience.
Sometimes we try to do too much. We add too much onto our already busy schedules.
Or we try too hard. We try to be perfect at this Lent thing. We try to pray perfectly and fast perfectly and give alms perfectly.
Sometimes when we try to do too much, we fail. Then we feel empty. Dry. Desert time.
And then we are tempted to stop praying because we don’t feel anything.
We have to fight those temptations to stop praying. Something may be happening deep inside us but we do not know it.
We can only pray in spite of the dryness. In spite of the boredom. In spite of the emptiness.
We can only pray and hold onto Jesus.
Pray and hold on and maybe, when we come out of the desert, we will proclaim the gospel like Jesus did.
Dear Lord, I long to have a meaningful Lenten experience. I long to grow closer to you and to follow you in all that I do. Please help me to remain faithful to my prayer time with you and to go of a need to be perfect. Hold onto me, Jesus, as I try to hold onto you. Amen.


Jean Wise said...

Good prayer and reminder to be gentle with ourselves. I have taken on much this lenten season but from the beginning decided if I miss a day to be forgiving of that and just start again It just feels right to do the best i can with what I feel God is calling me to, knowing it won't be perfect = only He is.

Colleen said...

Jean, that is so awesome. I think we all need to try to be like that. God bless!

Barb Schoeneberger said...

Keeping things simple, sort of empty, gives God a chance to move in. Like you say, we have to pray and invite Him in, not making things too complex. That's my image of the desert.

Kathleen Basi said...

This is beautiful. And Barb's right, the emptiness hums with potential...even when we don't feel it.

Colleen said...

Barb, I like how you put it. I do find myself feeling more drawn to the simple. Receptive is the word. We need to be receptive of all that God gives us.

Kathleen, thank you. Potential - very true! Have you ever felt dry and on the edge of your seat at the same time?