“The Spirit drove Jesus out into the desert, and he remained in the desert for forty days, tempted by satan.” (Mark 1:12)
Doesn’t this just really give you a surprising look at lent?
So now we know where the 40 days comes from. And we get the idea of the desert. But the surprise? Jesus is tempted by Satan.
Look- Jesus had that perfect soul, both God and man thing going for him, so I know that he was far superior at dealing with temptation than I am. BUT the fact still remains that Jesus had to deal with temptation too.
And this fact brings me a strange sense of comfort. He knows every feeling and sensation that I have, and He gives me tools to help me overcome these temptations.
More often than not I find myself tempted to sit in a cave of despair. I am tired. I never feel that I am enough. I don’t have enough friends. I don’t have a life of adventure. I don’t do fun things. Class eats up my entire life. My computer is sporadically not working. WOMP.
But you know what I have that combats this? Good, solid friends. Some that are long time friends. Some that I have just met. But good. Solid. Beauty- seeking friends that call me on to a greater encounter with reality. Friends that show me how to have hope and help me live life to the fullest.
This is a pretty great gift if you ask me.
I hope and pray that I can remember these bright beacons of hope in my life, and that I can avoid the darkness of despair. Maybe, with a little more joy in my life, I can be a better light to others too.
How’d your Sunday go?
Permanent Roommate is back from his adventure and I am SO happy to see him.