Today is the beginning of Lent, the time when much of the Christian church intentionally prepares for the coming of Easter. The next 40 days are meant to captivate our hearts and center us on the central event of the Christian church, the resurrection of Jesus Christ. And so the central thing we do in this time is wait. To have faith is not, as some see it, expecting God to give you what you want when you want it. Faith is learning to align ourselves with God and his will. And so this means that we need to learn how to wait. We wait for Jesus.
As we dive back into the gospel of Mark, we see this played out perfectly before us. Jesus does not act according to anyones schedules. He does not perform according to anyone’s expectations. Jesus is good, and he will always be faithful. But he asks us to trust him and align ourselves with him.