As these first few days have passed, many of us can probably already feel the strains and rigours of Lent, whether it is in that little item you are without, or in the many things you have given up. But let us not get downhearted in these difficulties, nor have a go at ourselves whether challenging ourselves too much, or even not enough - because there is something more important at work. This is something that we cannot always see or we are not always aware of. It is the work of God and the movement of His Spirit in our lives. Be ensured He is there, and know that He wants to bring you deeper into His love and His exciting mystery!
It makes sense that the more we distract ourselves or get caught up in different things, the less time we have to reflect on what life is all about and the less we know who we are. God knows who you are and He wants you to know. It is only through Him, who created us, that we can find out these things and be who we were made to be, wouldn’t you agree?
So let us not get caught up too much in what we can give up or take on, but instead I encourage us this Lent rather to let God lead us further into His mystery and plans. And this can take many forms. Maybe, just briefly stopping our daily routine and asking God to be with us and make sense of things is all it takes. Perhaps just leaving a bit of time before we go to bed to speak to God, or even to ask Him what’s going on - while we are waiting at the bus stop or walking to and from school or work. And, leaving our concerns, hopes, plans and very selves in God’s hands, who knows what wonders He can accomplish?
Be blessed in the love of Christ my friends, this Lent and always,