Lenten Devotional – Sun, April 7th

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By: Holly Reimer

Isaiah 43:16-21

Reflection—v. 19 ‘I will make a way in the wilderness’

My family and I really enjoy hiking. There is something about going out into the wilderness, going beyond the noises that exist in the day-to-day, that makes me feel closer to God. More often than not, the trails are well marked so the traveler can find their way. The trails are marked by certain colors so that you can be aware if a trail leads to water. And yet, even as I write this, I think about how few people know there are differences in the markings on the trees. Or know that there even need to be markings on the trees to show us the way. Sometimes I get lost on these journeys. I get lost in the expanse of the trees and the brush. Eventually, it all starts looking the same. It can be easy to get lost in the wilderness. Much the same way, I think about my daily journeys: each day is filled with a series of tasks that need to be accomplished, some which fade into the next day because there wasn’t enough time to accomplish them all. Before I know it, I get lost in the wilderness of my days and weeks. I lose sight of God, of things that have more meaning and importance, but have gotten lost along the way because I was too focused on accomplishing tasks. In this season of inward reflection, I pray for God’s guidance through the wilderness paths of our lives, that God may make ways for us when we get lost.

Prayer: Guiding Spirit, make a way for us when we feel most lost.