Wednesday, February 13, 2013
40 Days of Transforming Love
By Micky Wolf
and he remained in the desert for forty days, tempted by Satan.
He was among wild beasts, and the angels ministered to him.
Dry, dusty, foreboding. There seems little to welcome the traveler.
And yet, for the Christ-follower, making an intentional heart commitment to the Lenten journey can serve as the milieu through which God may render unto us the most personal, intimate, and transforming experience of our life.
The desert, metaphorically speaking—stark, harsh, in many ways stripped of familiar comforts—is God’s gift to us to lead us nearer and deeper into the fullness of His loving, compassionate heart.
Trusting Him becomes our focus. Relying on Him, for all that we need—physically, intellectually, emotionally, and spiritually—opens us to healing, restoration, and transformation of soul and spirit that is only possible when we make the choice to enter the desert.
Lent is meant as a test. A test not of how good or bad we are, but one of seeing and believing, more clearly than ever, that in abandoning self into the arms of God’s loving embrace, we discover the beauty and essence of our being as created in His image and likeness.
Temptations of every manner and sort may surface. The ‘wild beasts’ of our wounded, sinful nature will rise up and demand attention. However, for the surrendered soul, we can take solace in knowing the angels of the Lord will minister to us, even as the Spirit gently guides us through the shadows and the darkness.
Will you follow? Will you trust?
How do you feel about being in the desert?
What might God desire to heal or transform in your body, mind,
emotions, and spirit this season of Lent?