While we don't follow a strict or traditional Lenten Calendar, these days leading up to Easter are still significant. I don't want to gloss over them, and we are trying to read some scripture each day or so that keeps us in that mind frame. As a person for whom emotions come very easily, I often find myself overwhelmed with tears and a heavy heart as I imagine my Christ preparing himself for the cross. He was fully human as much as he was God, thus the emotions he felt were as real as my own. When he speaks to his friends, his disciples in the garden, asking them, could you not stay awake for even this time? I cry. Pride wells and I say, "Oh, I would have made it! I would have stayed awake for you!" But, truly, I know. I too would have let him down. I do daily.
I came across this quote this morning - it was posted on a blog that inspires me to follow Him more closely, know Him more intimately.
Self-denial means knowing only Christ and no longer oneself. It means seeing only Christ, who goes ahead of us, and no longer the path that is too difficult for us. Again, self-denial is saying only: He goes ahead of us; hold fast to him.
What sweet relief there is knowing that the one who chose death so that I might have life, goes ahead, every moment of every day. I may never have to walk into any challenge, or blessing, alone - He is never falling asleep on His watch over me.
For those who asked the 90 day reading plan comes from http://www.biblein90days.org/
and the blog is http://www.aholyexperience.com/