‘Whenever you cry out to me,I’ll answer.
I’ll be with you in troubling times.
I’ll save you and glorify you.’”
Sometimes I wish Lent was as short as Advent. Lent takes more work and is painfully long for the caffeine deprived congregants and staff members. Inevitably, really hard, really real ministry things will happen in that 40 days.
In Ecclesiastes chapter 3, the Teacher extols on the seasons: a time to be born, a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to sow; a time to seek, and a time to lose; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak.
What kind of season are you in this Lent?
How is that season impacting your ministry?
When Jesus is gathered with his followers the week of his last Passover, he speaks to the darkness that is coming. We know now that he’s prophesying his death and resurrection, but maybe there was more meaning than that in his words.
“‘Now my heart is troubled, and what shall I say? ‘Father, save me from this hour?’ No, it was for this very reason that I came to this hour. Father, glorify your name!’ Then a voice came from heaven, ‘I have glorified it and will glorify it again’…[Jesus said,] ’Now is the time for judgement on this world; now the prince of this world will be driven out. But I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all men to myself.’” John 12:27-32
Being youthworkers, our hearts know all too well the feeling of being troubled. We cry out to God for rescue, for faith, and for strength for ourselves and our students and their families.
How has God glorified a situation recently?
Since God promises to glorify again, where are you expecting God to be glorified in this 40 day journey?
Intentionally allow yourself to be drawn to Jesus during this season, in whatever way it looks like for you. We serve a God who is with us in troubling times, making all things new. Amen.