A major theme during Lent is remembering that we humans will return to ashes and dust. We omit words of praise and joy like “Gloria” and “Alleluia” from our liturgy in an act of mourning and penitence. As we journey towards Calvary and the death of Christ, we are reminded that dark times come.
For many of us, that darkness seems to never leave. We feel like we live in a perpetual season of darkness with no Easter Resurrection in sight. A friend once confessed to me, “They keep saying, ‘Wait on God! This suffering is all for my good! Well, I feel like I’m always waiting! My life is a constant season of Lent! I know that Good Friday is coming, but when is Easter going to come for me?!’”
Friend, I have prayed those exact words to God during many seasons of pain in my own life. Let me encourage you that Easter will come! Remember that Lent is as much about anticipating the hope of the resurrection of Jesus as it is about confronting the darkness of death. Christ died with the purpose of resurrection so that we too may share in that hope in our lives.
Let us hold on to the promises of God! Those who hope in God during Lent will surely see an Easter. We will not be ashamed. God, the ultimate Promise Keeper, will shine in you radiantly.