Sunday, 1 March 2015

Pause in Lent

We have had a fairly amazing time this week with Lent readings. (The red lentils are part of a different Lent anecdote that you can read here, if you really have absolutely nothing better to do.) It's been a week to make me flick back through my Lent notebook and check that God is actually doing what I think He is doing. And He is!

Back in 2010 I was overwhelmed by the sense that, on sitting down at all to reflect on Him in Lent, He was already there. He was already there for me. I remembered that last Thursday when Delia quoted Jeremiah 29,

When you seek me, you shall find me, when you seek me with all your heart; I will let you find me.

One day into Lent in 2010 I had an enormous bill to pay for a catalogue of disasters with my car. Needless to say it was all sorted. Painfully! But sorted. On Monday of last week, Prince Charming realised he would have an enormous bill to pay for a car disaster. Delia quoted Isaiah 55,

Oh, come to the water all you who are thirsty; though you have no money, come!

On Tuesday of this week, health issues in the house. Delia quoted Isaiah 43,

Do not be afraid for I have redeemed you; I have called you by your name, you are mine. Should you pass through the sea, I will be with you; or through rivers, they will not swallow you up.

Interestingly our minister has just sent this very same passage home for PC to look up.

So what I think God is doing is waiting for us to come to Him, because he has Delia and ministers and friends, and His Word all ready and waiting. Many, many instruments of encouragement and instruction and reassurance. He will let us find Him. In His desert, regardless of setbacks and worries, we can come home.


gretchenjoanna said...

Thank you, Mags. I found this to be true several times this week. Today my godmother passed on to me via FB what I'd missed staying home from church:
"Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us."

Amy at love made my home said...

I hope that this week all your worries will be settled. xx

Betty said...

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lead not on your own understanding is on my mind this morning as there is a lot going on in real world, most of it not good. It is encouraging to see your trust and how you are being guided in your ministry. Betty

Nancy McCarroll said...

Found you again this year through Angela. It is reassuring you have your prior notes; He is always there!


Pom Pom said...

Praying. That lovely book is out of print. Sad.

Thistle Cove Farm said...

no matter where you go, God is already there...such wonderful news that brings great comfort.

M.K. said...

Yes, He does! He is always ahead of us, and knows every step and misstep. He has our path prepared for us. Glad you are seeing his provision so clearly and sweetly!

Kezzie said...

Hugs to you Mags xx

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