Last week, I established that the purpose of abstaining during Lent is to replicate the desert that Jesus and other holy men and women choose for themselves when they need to become closer to God. In a Biblical sense, the desert is used to describe wilderness, or a lack of civilization and society. You can read about it here. Today, when we abstain, we fast from meat on Fridays or give up our daily coffee to remind ourselves that we are not of this world. As Christians, we are also not of this society.
Today, society praises the fiercely independent. The woman who needs no man, the man who needs to help. At a young age, we are highly praised for doing it "all by yourself!" However, as those called to be the daughters of the King, we are not called to be Miss Independents; we are called to be Miss Dependent. Today's readings are a reminder of this.
"I sought the LORD, and he answered me
and delivered me from all my fears." Psalm 34:4-5
Part of believing in God is trusting in what God can and will do for you. When life crashes in, we do not have to confront our hardships alone. There is a great, loving God who wants desperately to walk alongside us and through it. All we have to do is reach out and admit that we cannot do it alone.
Give up your independence today right now by praying in your heart (or aloud), "Lord, I need you."