Lenten Reflection for March 20

Scriptures for today

  • Psalm 95
  • Exodus 16:1-8
  • Colossians 1:15-23

photo of table and flowersThe central theme of these three passages is: to revere God and to trust God to sustain us through the trials of life.

These passages call us to remember the supremacy and power of God: Psalm 95; “In his hands are the depths of the earth, and the mountain peaks belong to him.” And Colossians; “All things are created by him and for him, he is above all things.” In this passage the author is extolling the virtues of Christ, the visible image of the invisible God.

I am prompted by these passages to be grateful for all parts of the earth, and as such, I must be a good steward where I can. I compost every dead element of my gardens in order that the soil may be replenished, and I look for ways in which I might not squander these exceptional gifts.

All three passages ask us to be steadfast in our trust in God. In Psalm 95 we read “today if you hear his voice do not harden your hearts” as did their forbears in the desert “where your fathers tested and tried me, though they had seen what I did”, and the Colossians  are asked to “continue in your faith, established and firm, not moved from the hope held out in the gospel”.

These words remind me that the invisible, mysterious, incomprehensible God is present to help and guide me through the challenges of life, and I need only be open (not hardening my heart) to look and listen for this help.

Help comes in many different forms (after all, God is not a cosmic magician). It may come from a friend in the form of a warm embrace to acknowledge my pain, or as new insights to an old or new problem, or in the affirmation of me as a valuable and capable individual. It may come from a book, from an inspirational speaker, from something I hear on the radio (I am a committed CBC listener), or a sudden unexpected idea which provides a solution, a new approach, or which prompts me to examine my motives and/or passions in a given situation.

My trust in God and the recognition of his majesty and power allows  me to grow as an individual and helps me to deal with the inevitable challenges of life.    ♥

by Ellen Lang

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