I know I am stating the obvious, but we are now into the first week of Lent. Resolutions have been made and perhaps even broken, but what do you truly hope to accomplish during this Lenten season? Whatever it is, I am sure that developing a deeper relationship with God is at the top of the list!
Silence: how does that fit into the plan? How do we find silence and the time for it? For me, it is in my car, driving to and from work. At times, this has been some of my best prayer time. Others may give up using some social media items for a while, and still, others can find it early in the morning with a cup of coffee. Where and how can you seek silence?
To deepen and strengthen that relationship with God, you need to find some quiet time in your day to listen to what He is telling you. Sometimes, we use our quiet time to do all the talking and not really listen to what God is saying to us. We may experience a fear that in the silence, we may go to deep and see parts of ourselves that we don’t want to see or will make us unhappy. Fear not, for God is with you on this journey!
If we know anything for certain, is it that God is with us in all of our brokenness. Can we sit in that silence and accept our broken nature, allowing God to make us whole? God wants to give us so much in life, and we forget to ask for more of His grace during these moments. God wants to give us more of Himself. Remember: we were created in His image and likeness, but let’s not return the favor!
So what do you really want from God? Be silent and listen; I am sure you will hear Him speak to you.
I recently heard Fr. Mark Toups say, “If you always do what you have always done, you’ll always get what you always got”. He was referring to doing the same old-same old for Lent. How can we change it up a bit and give God what He really wants? Namely, that is you: you in your brokenness and in your imperfections.
Dare to give Him your heart, and make this the best Lent ever!
Till next week,