For me, the Lent season is important not only for recognizing the redemptive outcomes of the crucifixion of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, but also for remembering God’s promises of provision, protection, forgiveness and salvation as well as His constant pursuit to redeem His creation, including myself. When struggles arise, it is all too easy for me to forget the things our Creator has promised—and of course, doubt. These days, I do my best not only to hear God in my heart, but also hear God through His generous acts.
It was not always this way for me. For a period in my life, I forgot how much I needed God. For that reason, I didn’t hear Him. I also didn’t see blessings. I began to work too much, neglect my health and God. I believe because of this, I became very ill with a skin disease that my doctors could not treat or diagnose. I was afflicted with this ailment for three very long years. Nothing could cure it or make the symptoms subside. I began to look for help on my own and re-discovered God and His promises. I began praying and reading the Bible regularly. The next thing I knew, my eating, sleeping and working habits changed dramatically. Some habits went away. During my journey of re-devotion revealed how much I needed God and what I must do establish a real relationship with Him. Well, I stopped having problems with skin—completely. Also, not only did I begin to see God’s grace regularly, but I was able to look back in time and “see” that I was never abandoned. For me, having a relationship with God, including getting to know Him better, is essential for hearing Him, trusting Him, submitting to Him and obeying Him.
During this period of Lent, I will try not only to remember that I need God and God’s blessings, but also what I must do for our Him.