Wednesday, March 6, 2019 – Ash Wednesday
“Then Moses ordered Israel to set out from the Red Sea, and they went into the wilderness of Shur. They went for three days into the wilderness and found no water.” [Exodus 15:22]
Ash Wednesday signals the beginning of our trek through the wilderness of Lent. We will walk with the Israelites as they sojourn through the wilderness lead by Moses. It doesn’t take long for anyone in the wilderness to voice their complaints. It’s too hot or too cold depending on the season. It’s too barren, lacking water and food. Only three days into their wilderness sojourn, the Israelites started complaining. They were tired and thirsty and hungry. When your life feels more like a wilderness than a lush green meadow, what complaints do you voice? Do you share your complaints with others? Do you share them with God? A wilderness is not a place of comfort, but it can be a place of growth, if only we will listen deeply to the wisdom of this landscape. As the ashes of this day remind us, life is precious. Let us live each day to its fullest, even if we find ourselves in the wilderness.
Sojourning God, I am thankful for your promise to be with me. Help me to sense your presence, not only on mountaintops, but in life’s wildernesses as well. I admit that staying present to the wisdom of this landscape is not easy. So, I pray for strength for this Lenten journey that lies ahead. Amen.