8 I will instruct and teach you about how you should live.
I will advise you as I look you in the eye. (Ps. 32:8, NET Bible)
Today is Ash Wednesday. We begin Lent in the Church. (Not all of the Church, but part of the Church. It is our part, anyway.)
This is a day of observance. We come before the Lord ready to walk in submission. It is a time of reflection. We are reminded that we are laid open before God. His gaze is upon us. His gaze will expose our sin and then pour in healing.
Why would anyone avoid this time of year? Maybe because we want to avoid his gaze.
We want his “loving” gaze, but that is not our God alone. That’s a version of God.
Our God is the One who will look us in the eye. Maybe we avoid Lent because we don’t want that gaze.
But without his gaze bearing down on our soul, we don’t really know healing and grace.
Allow his gaze to penetrate in your life today. THIS is your window of opportunity. Do not walk away.