Waited on by Angels

Mark 1: 9-15

"And the Spirit immediately drove him out into the wilderness. He was in the wilderness forty days, tempted by Satan; and he was with the wild beasts; and the angels waited on him." 

There is a lot going on in this passage. The Holy Spirit is at work, Satan is present, there are "wild beasts" and apparently there are angels waiting on Jesus. 

What could it mean that "the angels waited on him?" Would we be right to picture a banquet table out in the desert with divine messengers carrying trays of food? Perhaps. Yet, regardless of the details, the essence of this story seems to be that when Jesus took time away to fast and to reflect prior to beginning his ministry, he was provided for.

God takes care of us when we are in need, and it's at our lowest points that we often realize it. The season of Lent is a time to stop, to change the busy and relentless rhythms of productivity and focus on our weaknesses and our needs. It's a time to contemplate forgiveness. 

When we take the time during this season to reflect and repent, we find a God who has been waiting for us all along...waiting to care for us, to forgive us, and to provide what we need.