The other day at school, a 7th grader proudly shared with me all the foods she is giving up for Lent: chocolate, potatoes, and bread. Another student leaned into our conversation, confused. He had never heard of Lent. Student number one explained, “Lent is when you give up stuff you like before Easter.” Student number two quickly leaned out of our conversation. He wanted no part of that fun.
Dictionary.com defines Lent:
in preparation Cat certain other
The following quote from Charles Swindoll, is highlighted in my journal. It is from the book Jesus: The Greatest Life Of All:
To enter our Sabbath rest, we must come to God in humble submission to His truth and in complete dependence on Him. In order to cease our striving, we must transfer our trust away from our own abilities, our own accomplishments, our own strength, and place it on His provisions.
In transferring trust from my strength to His, I lean into God’s rest. This is my season, a Lenten submission.
As I explore this year of Surrender, I lay my striving down at His feet. I make room for my Sabbath Savior and only the rest He gives.
How about you my friend, have you “given up stuff you like” this Lenten season? What about rest? Do you need to cease striving and allow Jesus in? Where do you need to build in margins? Join me as we lay our striving down at His feet and focus, closer than ever, on His death and resurrection, and make room for rest.
Hebrews 4:9-10 New International Version (NIV)
9 There remains, then, a Sabbath-rest for the people of God; 10 for anyone who enters God’s rest also rests from their works, just as God did from His.