Wilderness

judean-desert1

This first Sunday in Lent we come upon Jesus in the wilderness. Other Gospels unpack this story quite a bit, with dialogue between Jesus and Satan, scenery changes, etc. Mark does not. Rather, Mark just gives us two lines: 12 And the Spirit immediately drove him out into the wilderness. 13 He was in the wilderness forty days, tempted by Satan; and he was with the wild beasts; and the angels waited on him. (Mark 1:9-15)

When we have crisis times, some of us have a compelling need to share great detail–the who, what, when, where and why of it all. This sharing can be instructive, a tangible comfort to others who are facing the same circumstances. Entire books have been written about these times of personal temptation, to the gratitude of thousands who have also been there.

Others of us share little detail about our tough times. Preferring to hold things close to the heart, letting things unfold and change without laborious reflection or comment. The test of one’s faith can be transformative in a much more subtle way.

Either way, all writers agree that the angels attended to, ministered to, Jesus in his time of need. In your times of crisis, did you feel the attention of angels? And now, in these forty days of Lent, will you be watching and listening for the quiet presence of the Holy Spirit, who both drives and comforts us?

God of wild and wilderness, send angelic comfort to every tested, challenged, and conflicted heart. Amen.

One Response

  1. wonderful…

Comments are closed.

%d bloggers like this: