Reading: Joshua 5: 9-12
For the Hebrew people, the time in the desert is over and they have crossed the Jordan River into the promised land. One can almost hear the audible sigh that comes at the end of a long journey. The people will no longer eat manna but will eat the produce of Canaan. But first they acknowledge God and His provision. As all things are in God’s time, they cross over and are right on time to celebrate the Passover – the feast to remember God’s saving hand in Egypt. They connect to God in the moment instead of allowing it to pass by. God has led them to this time and place. They stop to worship Him.
This example of being in the moment with God is a great one for us. We know that the glory of Easter morning us coming soon. We know there will be stops in Holy Week where we acknowledge and live with the events and emotions that led to the cross and grave. Each day between now and then is a day of preparation and looking within. Let us not skip right past these days in a rush to arrive on the brink of Easter, but let us be present to each day.
Living in the moment each day of Lent could be either rewarding or trying, either joyful or painful. Maybe we find ourselves experiencing God’s presence in our lives. We have the taste of His blessings on our lips and we celebrate His presence and look forward to the next steps on our journey. If so, may we be sure to stop and celebrate our thanksgivings for His presence.
Maybe we find ourselves in the period of testing or trial. We feel not quite connected to God. We cannot sense a first or maybe next step to take. Maybe the unknown is keeping us from stepping forward. In this moment may we seek God. His desire is to connect to us and be on the journey together. May we reach out in this moment and take hold of His hand. May we walk this day with our Lord.