Have you ever walked into a challenge and knew that no matter what happened in the end it would be totally worth it? I am usually one to run from a challenge especially when the challenge takes me out of my comfort zone or looks a little to difficult. Challenge in my book has always gone hand in hand with conflict…neither of which I am very good at. About 3 years ago now all of those feelings I had about facing a challenge changed completely.
Three years ago I had 2 kids, a failing business, and I felt like I was in a rut mentally and spiritually. Have you been there? I wanted more from my relationship with God, I wanted a solution, I wanted out of the rut that I found myself in. I was spending a lot of time wanting more from God but never trying to put in the work myself to reach Him. I remember it all came to a peak when the kids and I were in a car accident, one that could have been so much worse if I had been a few seconds faster. We all walked away with bruises and my consolation prize was a broken tailbone but we were alive and thats all that mattered in that moment.
After the accident I went through a lot of different emotions but more than ever I was desperate to figure out how to seek God deeper and better than I had been in the previous years. I knew the God was already seeking me and walking with me, it was my decision to put forth just as much effort in our relationship. I was facing a new challenge, but it was a challenge I was ready to take. I made the commitment to get up early and to seek God without distraction or interruption everyday. It quickly became a habit, one that I am not sure how I functioned without for so long. James 1:5 says “If any of you lack wisdom, he should ask God” and that is exactly how I started, I didn’t know what I needed but I knew that He knew just what I needed.
Sitting here now and thinking about the challenge of digging deeper with God it is one that I am grateful I accepted, one that I know if I had run from it would have done more damage and still left me in the spiritual rut I was in. Lent is the start of a challenge, it isn’t just 40 days it’s the beginning of a life long challenge of growing and seeking Christ everyday, it is the challenge of digging deeper with Him. While the challenge can seem intimidating it is worth facing because it is a challenge that He will be in with you.