Lent Devotional March 25: Trust in the Lord
Trust in the Lord
Trust in the Lord with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways submit to him,
and he will make your paths straight. Proverbs 3:5-6
When I was 14, I was fortunate enough to attend a week of Youth Camp with other Methodist youth from across our state. On the final evening, we had a special campfire with outdoor communion. Jesus thought that would be a good time to reach out and grab hold of me, so He did! I was left overwhelmed by the experience. Our cabin counselor was a pastor in his 40’s who had once served our church, and he recognized the symptoms. He gave me permission to stay outside long after lights out, looking up at the stars and knowing that God had a plan for my life.
Over the next 50 years, I did the best I could to stay on His path, and only strayed about 200 times! And yet He always seemed to understand and to welcome me back after my episodes of willfulness, distraction, or selfishness. During one of my obedient periods, about 30 years ago, I became aware of the De Colores movement through friends in Charlotte, and resolved to go “some day.” When I got to New Covenant, I knew that time had come; there was just no denying the deep influence of the movement (AKA: Walk to Emmaus) among my new brothers and sisters in Christ. And so, it came to pass, very recently.
There is much I cannot tell you about my experience because each pilgrim must enter the walk on his or her own and experience what God has prepared for them. But I will tell you that it is as much a highlight of my faith journey as that campfire night in 1963, and I pray that you too will experience it. We serve an amazing God, and we are preparing for His most incredible gift, the assurance of life eternal represented by the sacrifice of His Son, our Savior, Jesus Christ. May He grant you every Easter blessing!
Prayer: Father, empty our minds of the myriad things that fill them so that we may prepare for the blessed Easter day that is coming. And Father, please use this time of Lent to show us what you would have us do beyond Easter Day. Amen.