“Come close to God, and God will come close to you.”
It had been a long, dry, hot day for a rigorous climb in Wyoming’s Wind River Mountains. I leaned into the dusty trail, wondering if it was worth enduring the pain in my back, the soreness in my feet, and the rubbing of the backpack into my shoulders. What could possibly be discovered at such a high elevation?
Late in the day, the final ascent over a rugged ridge was rewarded by an overwhelming scene. I had to sit down to take in the beauty of the crystal-clear waters of a high elevation lake reflecting the majesty of surrounding rocky peaks. As I observed several freshwater streams carved into the peaks and feeding the lake with fresh water, I thought about how God’s living water flows into the reservoir of the human heart through channels of grace.
During this season of Lent, I am thinking about the value of carving out tributaries of His Grace where fresh living waters can bubble up to eternal life (John 4:13-14). I am convinced that being intentional about my own spiritual growth is always wise. Being purposeful to push some things aside to pursue a deeper walk with Jesus can facilitate accelerated growth in the faith journey. Many have called it “spiritual disciplines” of the faith.
Prayer and Fasting. Practicing daily repentance. Carving out more time to meditate on the Bible and read devotionally. Choosing to worship Jesus as He helps us overcome temptation. Giving. Simplicity. Solitude. Service. Fellowship.
Have you considered participating in Lent with many many others, pushing some things aside to give more time for God? What might it look like for you to carve out some tributaries of prayer and invite God to fill the love tank of your heart with pure, clean, refreshing, living water bubbling up to life?