Some say Lent is the the Season of 40 days. The number 40 is mentioned a lot in the Bible and I got to thinking that maybe Lent is like Noah and his 40 days. Noah was in his ark for 40 days and 40 nights.
40 is a pretty big number. When you are growing up, you can't really imagine being 40. Now, a much needed rest is called... 40 winks; the best songs on the radio are called the... top 40; and life, they say, begins... at 40.
In some ways, during Lent, we need to think like Noah did when God told him to build the Ark. There wasn’t a cloud in the sky, the meteorologists weren’t forecasting any rain or even snow
But God told him that the time was short, that he needed to get to work now for tomorrow it will be too late. And Noah took time out of his busy schedule to work each day on building what God wanted him to build. Lent is when we like Noah take time out of our busy schedule each day to work on building what God wants us to build, which is a heart full of faith hope and love.
After the great flood, no where on earth was the former environment Noah and his family had been subjected to. There would be a new environment that Noah had to wait for the waters to recede to see. So there was a time of waiting on the Lord.
Noah, his family, all living creatures, and the whole of creation had just endured 40 days of rain. God had brought this remnant through to dry land and a time to build again. They had begun that journey, through the water and they had arrived at a place of deeper relationship with God, a time to receive more completely the inheritance that God had planned from the beginning.
The 40 days of Lent is a time to remember that we are still in that stormy sea called life and our Lord is there taking care of us.
During the next 40 days I'll be sharing a few of the ways that I'll be trying to overcome the darkness of winter to the new light of SPRING. I hope you'll be joining me as I cruise through the days.
May this season of 40 Days be a blessing to us all!