Sanctuary is a word which here means a small, safe place in a troubling world. Like an oasis in a vast desert or an island in a stormy sea. - Lemony Snicket
It may seem unfair that the discipline-heavy season of Lent takes place during some of the coldest, wettest and darkest weeks of the year. Believe it or not there's a good reason for this. Hebrews 12:7 tells us, “Endure hardship as discipline; God is treating you as sons. For what son is not disciplined by his father?”
Without Lent we might risk enduring the end of winter without taking refuge in Jesus. Jesus, who was often hungry, alone and misunderstood does not leave us alone for even an instant. Our hardships are meant to drive us to the arms of our Lord, who loves us with relentless love.
The Lord is a refuge for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble. Psalm 9:9-10
Take a moment today to be still and to know the Lord is God (Ps 46:10), that he holds you perfectly in his hand and treasures you above all things (Luke 15:9). Rest in his arms today.