Who are you?

Read: Exodus 3:11-14 and Psalm 139:1-14

Today is Ash Wednesday which begins the season of Lent that leads us to Easter.  If you see someone today with a cross on their forehead from ashes they have most likely been at an Ash Wednesday service.  This day derives its name from the practice of blessing ashes made from palm branches blessed on the previous year’s Palm Sunday, and placing them on the heads of participants to the accompaniment of the words “Repent, and believe in the Gospel” or “Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return.”
 
 
Ash Wednesday

 

Rob Fuquay who wrote the book “The God We Can Know” says that each year around this time he asks the question, “What do I have that cannot be reduced to Ashes?”  Many times during these 40 days that lead to Easter people will choose something to give up or do without.  Rob’s question encourages us to think even broader than that.
 

He writes, “Just about everything in life – our houses, our belongings, our clothes, and even our bodies, will all eventually be reduced to ashes (or dust).  Yet God gives us something that cannot be destroyed.”  He then asks the question, “What part of you cannot be reduced to ashes?  What word would describe it?  This is who you really are.”

Rob goes on to share about a visit he made to a women who was in a hospice care center.  She had battled cancer for many years and was in the last days of her life.  As they spoke that last time this women said the same thing that she had said every other time he had visited.  She said, “I am so blessed.”

This lady would not be able to see her grandchildren graduate from high school, she would not be able to spend many more years with her husband, among many other things, and yet she proclaimed that she was blessed.  As Rob writes, “About to depart this life she said, “I am ….”  Her faith finished the sentence.”

Lent allows us to come to God with repent hearts and truly search out who we are in Jesus.  When Jesus said “I AM” in the New Testament he was reminding us that he is all we need.  The world tell us otherwise, but don’t be fooled.  You are…. loved, cherished, saved, forgiven, equipped, empowered, and strong when you have Jesus as your Lord and Savior.

Make it personal:  Use these next 40 days as a way to search out who you are and what is important in your life.  We don’t know what life will bring but we do know who will bring us through it.  Jesus is the great I AM.  Let’s allow him to be the answer to who we are!

Have a great week,  Glen Rhodes, Arthur Mennonite Church