Scripture does not tell us how Jesus felt when the angels (or as in Mark’s and Luke’s account the Spirit) led him into the wilderness. Was he nervous? Did he think that this was the moment that he would face the wrath of humanity? We are left with more questions than answers regarding this part of the journey. All we know is that he was led into the wilderness for one particular reason, to be tempted. There is no mention of the overall plan after this part, nor a reference to the climax of the Easter story. The triumph over superhuman fasting and demonic testing were the core of this passage.
While we are privy to the ending of the story of Jesus as recorded in the Gospels, our stories are unfinished. We are still writing the chronicles of our journeys, celebrating triumph over each temptation and trial that comes our way. Some moments are longer than others, as we must take time in how we claim victory in some of the many adversities that we face. I journey, remembering that I am on God’s time and not my own.
Today, I pause to reflect on where I am in my wilderness experience. What are the things that tempt me at this moment in my life? Am I struggling well? What am I meant to learn about my heart in this particular Lenten season? Again, I am faced with more questions than answers.
Easter is coming. We will again sing alleluias in the Church as we reflect on the gift of the Father’s unfailing grace. The veil of struggle and uncertainty will give way to life and joy. For now, we are given this incredible time of reflection, so that we may enter into a season of promise filled with a new hope, a new understanding of what it means to follow our amazing God. Praise be to the God of our salvation!