For 40 days and nights, it rained, and God essentially hit the reset button on all of creation.
For 40 days, Moses stayed on Mount Sinai, in the presence of the Lord.
For 40 days, leaders of Israel’s tribes explored the Promised Land, and then went back to Moses with reports of flowing milk and honey.
For 40 days, the people of Ninevah repented, having been warned by Jonah that at the end of that time period, God would destroy the city.
For 40 days, Jesus stayed in the wilderness, facing hunger, thirst, and temptation by Satan.
For 40 days, the resurrected Christ appeared to His followers on Earth, preparing them for the time when His earthly form would leave them.
For 40 days, I have blogged. And for 40 days, God has worked in real and powerful ways in my life. I’m not comparing my 40 days to any of the other 40 days I have listed, of course. But I also can’t believe that the change in my life over the last 40 days is any less attributable to God than the discovery of the Promised Land, or the repentance of Ninevah. The change God has brought, and especially the strengthening of my faith, are overwhelming. In only 40 days. From the very beginning, I said this year was going to change everything. Well, the first 40 days have changed everything! With 325 to go, I can’t even begin to imagine what God is going to do. And I can’t wait to find out.