March 1 is quickly approaching. I am anxious to see what God is going to do in my life as I write each day for 40 days. It is curious to me that something that will take me at least an hour each day I consider a ‘joy’. Usually something of that magnitude is considered work and problematic as it is continues day after day for 40 days. However, I am looking forward to meeting with God each day on my laptop as I write. I’ve decided it must be from God or else I’m crazy!
Here’s a little Lenten history I found and a reminder about a few famous 40’s! The practice of observing Lent has been going on since before 1000 AD. It is a time of fasting, prayer and penitence beginning on Ash Wednesday and lasting 40 days until Easter. 40 seems to be a significant number in scripture. Here are a few famous 40’s you’ll probably remember. It rained for 40 days and 40 nights while Noah and his family were in the ark. Moses was on the Mt. Sinai for 40 days getting the 10 Commandments.The children of Israel wandered for 40 years in the wilderness. Jesus was in the wilderness fasting for 40 days and 40 nights and then Satan came and confronted him with various temptations. After Christ ascension into heaven, it was 40 days until Pentecost and the arrival of the Holy Spirit. 40 seems to be number that shows a length of time that is not too short or too long but enough to reveal our character and devotion.
I anticipate the development of my character and experiencing greater devotion to God.