Lenten Devotional- Day 9

Thursday, February 26

Jeremiah 33:3 Call to me and I will answer you, and will tell you great and hidden things that you have not known

Call to Me

“I just don’t know that I can totally believe in God,” she said as she looked around the circle of eight of us. Our small group had been meeting for four or five weeks, and the discussions were getting intense as we became more comfortable sharing with each other. Her eyes scanned the circle, expecting to see looks of disapproval or disappointment. Yet her gaze was met with understanding and empathy. She went on, “I mean, I don’t know that I can accept that He would want to have a personal relationship with me. And if could I accept that, I don’t know how to approach Him or where to start.”

As she continued, I flipped open the Bible that had been my spiritual companion for over 15 years since I accepted Christ in 1994. I noticed an index card peeking out of the pages. I pulled it out. It was my handwriting, but I didn’t remember writing the scripture on it. It was a familiar verse, and one I treasured. I felt the presence of the Holy Spirit as I read the index card: “Call to me and I will answer you, and will tell you great and hidden things that you have not known.”

There was a pause in the discussion and I held the index card out to her. “Maybe you need this.” She took the card and read it. Her eyes widened and a small smile passed across her lips. Someone in the group said, “What does it say? Read it.” She read the verse to the circle and the air in the room seemed almost electric. We all knew that a special moment had been shared in our small group.

Lent is a meaningful church season for me. It’s a time to get back to “the basics.” To focus on what makes the Christian life truly meaningful: prayer, reading the Bible, worship, honoring the Sacraments, and fasting. It’s a time to reflect on our relationship with God and on his promises to us. It’s a time to learn more about our Lord and Savior. If you don’t know what to do or how to start, use this verse as God’s little instruction for your Lenten journey.

Jonathan Peterson

Prayer: Dear Lord, I’m calling to you now. Teach me. Guide me. Draw me closer to you. Help me to know your will. And may I honor you this day. Amen.