As we walk through lent, even if you are not following my devotional on my Lenten Devotional page, http://revmj.blogspot.com/p/lenten-devotional.html , I hope that you have added something to our Lenten Journey.
As we walk this journey I am reminded thanks to Lectionary of Genesis 15: 1-12 and 17-18. I am reminded of God proclaim to Abraham "Do not be afraid, Abram I am your shield" All over our Bible, throughout our psalms and from Genesis to Revelation we hear and see words like this - adjectives used to describe God as our shield, a protector, a light in the darkness.
And yet, we continue in our lives to give a greater importance or greater concern to the negative then we do to God. We allow the bad to consume us over allowing the good to shine through us. We are reminded in this passage, Abram meeting God in the darkness of the night that we find God even in the darkest places. It is by allowing God to walk along side us when we are in the dark that brightens even the brightest of our days.
We are reminded in our devotional of just how many chances God gives us to transform our darkest moments into moments of life and light. Jacob fought God during a dream at Bethel and he was transformed. The Magi followed a star in the evening sky that brought them to the Savior of the world. Jesus was resurrected alone in a dark cave only to bring new life to all. And that's not all we had the bleeding woman, Mary and Martha, the daughter with demons, the tax collector, the blind men, the lepers and of course the disciples all who are transformed by Jesus. All who living in the darkness are able to find hope and light for their faith in Jesus.
Do yourself a favor this Lent. Spend time with God. Allow God to become for you your shield. As we continue to live in the secular world, allow God to transform your own life so that you can be a beam of light to Christ. So that others may come to walk along side God and to understand the importance of allowing God is our lives.