Do we really LET God work in our lives?
In my Advent reflection back in December, we contemplated Mary’s words to the angel of God, “Let it be with me according to your word…” (Advent #10: Love In The Limbo). Since then, this word, LET, has remained with me, especially as I wonder how much I let God influence my heart, mind, and life. Curious, I began looking up verses in the Bible that include “let.” I was surprised to find many passages – including a variety of ways – that God can move, help, or transform us when we open ourselves to let God do so.
This Lenten season is a time to let God freely work, to let ourselves surrender to God’s goodness and guidance, and to let these forty days inspire and transform us. Each weekday during Lent, we will look at “let” verses as our inspiration for the day.
Mary’s words are a perfect introduction for our Lenten journey. As we begin any spiritual disciplines or other Lenten practices, may we be first “let it be with us according to God’s word.” May we seek to become more like the person God created us to be, according to God’s perfect will. May we long to become more like Jesus, to follow him as devoted disciples. May we find new ways to let God work in us more deeply, as we let ourselves notice and embrace all of God’s movements and moments.
May we reach the glorious Easter resurrection as newly resurrected people, fully living our new life in Christ.
Our passage for Ash Wednesday will be James 4:6-17.