It began just as the prophet Isaiah had written:
“Look, I am sending my messenger ahead of you, and he will prepare your way. He is a voice shouting in the wilderness, ‘Prepare the way for the Lord’s coming! Clear the road for him!’”This messenger was John the Baptist. [Mark 1:1-4 NLT]
Today is Ash Wednesday. The beginning of Lent. A season of reflection, introspection and preparation. A good day to begin a series of devotions about John the Baptist. A transitional figure. A bridge between the old and the new. An elder cousin to the coming Messiah. A passionate preacher of change.
In difficult seasons of change it is helpful to know that times of transition are essential to God's plans in our lives. These times present us with opportunities to let go of the old and embrace the new. To clear the road of past obstacles. To prepare the way to find God in a new way in a new season.
Teach me Lord, to prepare the way for your coming. Help me to let go of the old and embrace the new.
... this devotion is part of a series about John the Baptist.