"Jesus returned from the Jordan full of the Holy Spirit and was led by the Spirit into the desert,"
Before we begin the second week of Lent, let's go back to what started it all.
Jesus was led by the Spirit into the desert.
And so are we. Even just ten days in, it feels like a desert some days. We have struggles with our Lenten sacrifice, however minimal-seeming or gigantic. We have struggles in our hearts to stay true to what God made us to be. We have struggles in our hearts to understand our struggles as a strengthening process and to be thankful for them.
We have a lot of struggles.
But we are led by the Spirit. We're not alone here. We're not fighting off all our enemies at once blindfolded with a tree branch in high heels. Even though it may feel that way sometimes...
Our hand is held firmly at all times by Jesus, who knows what we're going through, who loves us through it all, and who can't wait to invite us into his loving arms when we see him again. He's fighting next to, within, above, and beyond us.
We are not blindfolded and shoved into darkness and rough waters without a life raft.
We are led by the Spirit.
Have Spirit-filled day