The Wilderness as a Liminal Space – Day 6

“There’s a season for everything, and a time for every matter under the heavens.”
~Ecclesiastes 3:1

What season of life are you in right now? The author tells a story of her season of transition, leaving one job to start a new job. She compares her emotions to a weather change as a cold front moves in as she is driving. She explains the erratic and chaotic weather situations when cold fronts move into an area and the difficulties it presents to drivers especially. Have you ever experienced anything like this in your life? I’m reminded of a quote, “It’s always darkest before dawn” when faced with changes in life. *The expression ‘the darkest hour’ came into widespread use in early 19th century England. However, the usage of the phrase that has more recently become popular originated well before that, in the proverb ‘the darkest hour is just before the dawn’. A version of the proverb was recorded by Thomas Fuller in A Pisgah-Sight Of Palestine And The Confines Thereof, 1650:

It is always darkest
just before the Day dawneth

I love these two statements made by author regarding change and transitioning, and Lent, “It was the friction of what was and what will be making contact with one another. It was the chaos of transition.”

“During Lent we are invited to leave behind our past selves and to embrace the self that God intends us to be.”

Often we pick or choose something to give up during Lent, our past, who we were/are and take up new behaviors or attitudes to more fully surrender to God and become the person we were created to be. We seek God during this season of Lent, listen for His guidance and step forward in faith and emerge a renewed child of God. I have often referred to Ecclesiastes when facing difficult circumstances and events in my life, it provides comfort especially chapter 3. If you have the time I highly recommend reading chapter 1-5, better yet if you can hear an audio recording of it, it would be fantastic. I use an app on my smart phone and I really enjoy having the scriptures read to me, I feel like I am being covered with God’s Holy Word and my attention isn’t as easily swayed when trying to pronounce some of the more difficult words especially in the Old Testament.

What season were you in prior to Lent?

Where does God want you to emerge?

~Blessings and Peace~
Additional Video explaining Ecclesiastes