GREAT LENT: DAY 40
“[You] who have been borne by me from your birth, carried from the womb; even to your old age, I am he, even when you turn gray, I will carry you. I have made, and I will bear; I will carry and will save.” (Isaiah 46:3-4)
Today, the forty-day Great Lent reflection culminates with the reminder of God’s loving promise to us. God speaks to all those who are heavily burdened with the worries of this life and suffer from anxiety, those who are passing through the furnace of pain and agony, and those who are experiencing the weakness of their bodies and the loneliness in aging. He who created us, also promises to provide for us and to protect us from the moment of conception in our mother’s womb until our advanced years of aging.
God is with us throughout all the days of our lives. He sees our distress, He wipes our tears, He experiences our pain with us, He listens to the pleadings and cries. In the midst of it all, He promises: “Even to your old age I am he, even when you turn gray, I will carry you. I have made, and I will bear; I will carry and will save.” (Isaiah 46:4)
Even if people neglect us and ignore us, and if others forsake us and do not care for us, know that God will never forsake us or neglect us. He created us and He will sustain us, He will provide for us, and grant us our salvation. The 4th century Church Father, Basil of Caesarea says, “Come and let us be happy. Let us endure with patience all the things that the world throws at us, knowing that especially at that hour we are on God’s mind.”
Therefore, in all of life’s circumstances and conditions, whether we are neglected, hopeless, or worried, let us pray by recalling to mind God’s loving promise for us. Also, know with confidence at the hour of our most difficult circumstances, especially in our trials, we are on God’s mind. Know and believe that He has promised to be with us all the days of our lives.