How many times have we set out on a difficult path, forged a new route in our lives, or been forced to pursue a new way forward not of our choosing, only to find ourselves becoming impatient along the journey like the Israelites in today’s reading? We question our motivations. We wonder why we ever thought this new route would work. We tend to see only the negative challenges before us and the things that make our road difficult. We may even question God, “Why me? Why this? Why now?”
It’s hard to see God in these instances.
It’s hard to find God in these crooked and challenging places.
And yet in this Lenten season, we’re invited to be still and reflect on where God may be working in our lives alongside us. At our recent Vestry retreat, shifting from a TO mindset to a FOR mindset helped clarify our priorities: What if the things that cause us the most challenge, frustration, and trepidation are not hard things happening TO us, but rather hard things happening FOR us, so we might see God and follow Him on paths we never knew we were meant to travel?
May you find and rediscover God on your Lenten journey this season and reimagine the path on which you find yourself.
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