Our first writer is the wonderful Michelle Bauml. Michelle is an Assistant Professor in the College of Education here at TCU. She also happens to be the faculty advisor for one of our student religious organizations – The Catholic Community. Those of you who know Michelle have undoubtedly experienced the warmth of her smile, the compassion of her kind heart, and a genuine desire to know and help you in any way she can. It’s for those reasons, along with her devout sense of faith, that I asked her to begin our Lenten journey that we’re embarking on together. I have no doubt that you will receive something meaningful from her words for us today. Blessings upon your journey, my friends…
A Lenten Devotional, by Michelle Bauml
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways be mindful of him, and he will make straight your paths. Proverbs 3:5-6.
I’ve heard that after a caterpillar has been transformed into a young butterfly, the creature may struggle a bit to emerge from its chrysalis. Onlookers eager to witness the vivid details of newly formed butterfly wings may be tempted to assist the fragile creature during its exodus. However, well-intentioned help is the last thing it needs! You see, it’s the struggle that gives the young butterfly the strength it needs to survive outside of the chrysalis.
Clearly, the butterfly provides us with a wonderful metaphor for hope and perseverance in the Christian life. But I think the bigger lesson here is one of faith. When we find ourselves in a difficult spot and seek the Lord in prayer, can we find the faith to trust that His answer is the right answer, whether or not we receive exactly what we ask for? Didn’t Jesus exemplify this kind of faith as He prayed in the garden at Gethsemane, “…not my will, but yours be done” (Luke 22:42)?
This season of Lent is an invitation to be transformed through everyday challenges as well as intentional sacrifices. The way might not be easy, but growth comes at a price. We can trust that God knows what He is doing, and that we are never alone.
Lord God, thank you for your presence in my life. I ask that you remove my doubts, insecurities, and all that prevents me from trusting you completely. Grant me a new gift of faith this Lenten season, and help me remember that you are always with me.