Today marks the first day of Lent. In fact, as I write this post, I can hear the church bells ringing in the distance to mark the start of service. This is the season where people give up something they are attached to (e.g., red meat, chocolate, staying up late, etc). It can be anything. This year, I decided to give up social media (Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter), red meat, and processed foods. Let’s just say, it will be a tough 6 weeks. This year however, instead of only giving up things, I have also decided to add routines, healthier cuisines and practices to my daily life. One of these such additions is this book by Joyce Meyer, “Trusting God Day by Day.” Lent, at the end of the day is much deeper than making the decision, “should I get the plain baked chips or the salt and pepper kettle chips”… it’s also about getting closer to God.
My relationship with God has always been present. However, through reflection and a recent car accident that could have been fatal, i’ve realized that I can no longer hear God’s voice. It sounds very cliche, but there was once a point in my life growing up where a sensation would come over me, and I would know it was God working through me. But adult life has stripped me of this luxury. I go to church every Sunday, Monday – Friday at work, on weekends I binge watch Netflix or visit friends/family, and when i’m not doing any of those, i’m keeping up with current events– most likely reading the New Yorker magazine with a cup of coffee in my right hand. In short, I am constantly going. I need to learn to stop and think. To breathe. To listen.
I pray this lenten season will yield the results I want, and if you’re participating in lent too–I hope yours is an amazing success as well.