Text: James Gertmenian, 1993 Hope Publishing Company
From: Lift Up Your Hearts, 2013
Sometimes in the midst of a journey, I need to be reminded of the destination. Right now I am 7 months pregnant with our second child. I’m feeling kind of slow and tired and 2 more months feels like a really long time. But just as I was complaining to myself today, I found ultrasound pictures of the little peanut in a drawer and I remembered that there something so much better coming that will make me forget the discomfort and impatience I’m feeling right now.
We are a week and a half into Lent. Have you forgotten about your commitments yet? Have you missed a couple days of fasting or prayer or Bible reading? Are you feeling a little guilty about it? Maybe you’re like me and you need a reminder of where we’re headed to keep you motivated.
This week’s hymn has six neatly packaged verses that remind us that no matter how difficult the journey becomes, the destination is secure. We can learn so much from Jesus’ journey on earth. He endured temptation, ridicule, betrayal and death. His example can give us courage as we travel along in life. Hebrews 4:15 reminds us: “For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are – yet he did not sin.”
This week, I admit that I didn’t want to post anything. I’m feeling kind of lazy and unmotivated about lots of things these days. It is not unusual for me to begin strong on a journey, but lose motivation as time goes by. But friends, let’s not lose sight of where we’re headed.
Not only did Christ rise from the dead on Easter, but he is coming again. Wherever you are on the Lenten journey or the journey of life in general, the ending has been secured by Christ. I needed the reminders contained in these verses. Maybe you do too.
Throughout these Lenten days and nights we turn to walk the inward way