Lent is a time of waiting, of change, a time of refinement. It follows winter when all seems to have died but in spring there starts to be the hint of something new, a bud here or there, a bulb starting to poke through. In John 7:33 Jesus said that he was here for a short while later but he promised that when he went to heaven he would leave his Spirit.
John 7:37-38: ‘Let anyone who is thirsty come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them.’
He told us that his death, like winter, had to come, but then his resurrection welcomed in a new season, just like spring. In fact, he said that streams of living water would come up from within you. Not just something that touched the outside but something that brought inward transformation, life and flourishing. He said stop, come to him and drink deeply.
One of things that is always so noticeable about spring is the warmth of the sun on your face. In one of the earliest blessings, it is about the Lord shining on us.
Numbers 6:24-26 ‘The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn his face towards you and give you peace.’
In a world that is fast, let us take moments to stop, on the train, as we walk, as we pray, to allow the Lord to shine on us. To receive from him and be transformed by him. As we see the bud of a flower, as we see the days lengthening, as we feel the sun on our face. As we see spring coming let’s recognise that the night is over and the day lies open before us. As we travel through Good Friday, let us remember what it cost Jesus for us to be able to know forgiveness, no more guilt and shame, and as we see remember the resurrection let us see the smile and experience the hope and joy that the Lord gives. May we always be expectant for his living water of the Holy Spirit, to flow through us transforming us from the inside out, bringing new buds, in our lives, in the church and world around us. If you wish for more of the Lord, just ask Him!
Let us always give thanks for the buds that the Lord is bringing and that we are seeing.
With our prayers for you.