Lent brings a 40-day reminder to get real with God – a practice among Christians that encourages us to give serious thought to our words and actions, which better prepares us to receive the joy and power of Easter.
Instead of glossing over flaws, failures, or areas of unforgiveness, we can face our realistic struggles with doubt, fear, or worry and arrive at a new understanding of how powerful faith is — even when it’s no bigger than a mustard seed.
Jesus’ apostle Thomas understood this. Although he’d been willing to die for Christ, he didn’t want to take the word of other followers when Jesus returned from death. He needed to see for himself.
Why did you doubt
the real live blood that sprouted
from Christ’s side and bloomed
in the room where you gathered –
a bouquet of wine
Could you not see the pores
opened, aching for you, always
to be, not beside yourself,
His side lay bare to let you in,
so enter now. Come round His side
and worship Him again.
by Mary Harwell Sayler, (c) 2014, from poetry book Outside Eden
Thomas did “come round,” immediately declaring “My Lord and My God!” and that declaration carries even more impact because the Bible did not previously cover up his doubt.
The Bible does not pretend we’ll have a perfectly lived life. Expecting that can become a hindrance to our relationship with God, especially if we think we’ll have nothing but prosperous, carefree days. If, however, we expect no special exemptions from trouble — and if we believe our Perfect Father God never, ever leaves us — we’re poised to relax and take an Olympic-sized leap of faith.
Lost in Faith
by You, Lord?
I throw myself
on Your mercy.
by Mary Harwell Sayler, (c) 2017, from poetry book Lost in Faith