The Lenten season holds the image of a desert that comes from the 40 days Jesus spent in the desert. During Lent and at other time on our faith journey, God invites us to enter the desert as Jesus did. What is the value of our desert time, though? In my recent post on dotMagis, I reflect on this question.
Desert time is vital to a mature relationship with God. If we are committed men and women of faith, then God is going to bring us to the desert at some point to look deeply at ourselves and see all of us the way God sees us. This means we will have to confront the dark spots of our lives and the things we do our best to hide from God and from the rest of the world.
Jesus was no different. He was “led by the Spirit in the wilderness, where for forty days he was tempted by the devil.” (Luke 4:1–2). Jesus faced Satan and “then the devil left him, and suddenly angels came and waited on him.” (Matthew 4:11) We face Satan and our own temptations in our desert time, just as Jesus did. And just as Jesus was not alone in his desert battle, we are not alone either.
I wrote a post recently about the wilderness of Lent. This echoes the sentiment I tried to convey in that post.