“Because he loves me,” says the Lord, “I will…” (Psalm 91:14 NIV)
Lately, our lives have been busy. My husband has been working a lot of hours and I’ve had many commitments sucking up my time. Last week, my husband went the whole week without putting his clothes away. Somewhere along the way, this became his responsibility, not mine. So, I wash, dry and fold and he puts his own clothes away. Except last week, he didn’t have time to do it.
After several days of seeing his clothes sitting there, the pile rising I decided to put them away. I could have waited for him but my thought was that some women didn’t have the privilege of putting clothes away for their husbands. Some are divorced, wishing for happier times. Other’s have husbands who have passed away. In that moment, I felt compelled to serve my husband because I love and appreciate him. The best part was his surprise. I think, in a week of demands, it made him feel good to have one less thing to do. This simple act changed our over-worked, over-committed attitudes to those of joy and appreciation for one another.
Lent is a season of reflection on our Savior. We are fasting to free ourselves so we can spend more time with Christ. Last week, I did one simple thing for my husband because I love him. I mixed things up. It was not my responsibility, I didn’t have to do it, I chose to. Our relationship with Jesus must be the same. I admit, quiet times, church attendance and service can become mundane and predictable. Sometimes the motivation for these activities is habit or duty. We have lost the sheer excitement that comes from spending time with God. Our practices become routine and lifeless.
I challenge you to mix it up during Lent. Find a new place to sit quietly with the Lord and reflect. Do a Lenten study to give you a new perspective. Bless someone unexpectedly. Write a note of encouragement. There are an infinite number of things you could do to refresh your soul. Ask God to lead you. Because you love Him, He will…