I turned 43 last month. What a voyage it’s been! Didn’t I turn 22 just the other day? The older I get, the faster time seems to pass. The higher the waves get. But the better I know how to stay afloat. With this new year, I’ve really felt my age. I’ve embraced my wrinkles, the baby rolls still lingering around my belly, the gray hairs that are beginning to bloom. But with all this also comes gratitude, confidence in my purpose and knowledge that I am not alone. That this journey is one God invites me to take with HIM. He wants me to walk with Him every day. And now during Lent, He invites me to go to the desert these 40 days.
“The LORD is making this agreement with you: you are to be a people peculiarly his own, as he promised you; and provided you keep all his commandments, he will then raise you high in praise and renown and glory above all other nations he has made, and you will be a people sacred to the LORD, your God, as he promised.” Deuteronomy 26:17
If I keep his commandments? Seems easy enough. With each year that God grants me, I am able to recognize temptations much quicker than when I was younger. Sometimes I can spot them at a distance. Whether it’s something material, the wrong situation, the wrong person or just a thought that crosses my mind. I can see that it’s not from God. Though at times the struggle is lengthy and tough, I can usually pass the test with prayer and focus on what I want: to go to heaven. There have been a few times, though, where temptations have gotten the best of me. I have fallen. I have given in to the lies from Satan. And while it might have felt good for a second, it ultimately distanced me from God. I learned my lesson and became stronger.
During Lent, I remember my temptations, my flaws, my weaknesses and I tie myself tighter to the Lord’s ship. May He take me where I need to go. I will do whatever it takes and sail the turbulent seas as long as I am with Him. I know that he is my Captain and only He can lead me to peaceful waters and heavenly glory. So let’s sail on mamas!