Do you like to think?
Only thy restless heart keep still,
And wait in cheerful hope, content.
To take whate’er His gracious will,
His all-discerning love, hath sent;
Nor doubt our inmost wants are known,
To Him who chose us for his own. — Georg Neumark
How often do we look forward to thinking?
Allowing our minds to wander in thought, asking difficult questions or just circling on an issue mentally until we find the answers that suit us? How many times do we look forward to roaming the abyss in search of answers which we often do not find?
That is how I often consider Lent.
Lent means to lend — contribute or give away with the hope of getting it back. Lent in official terms refers to a season (of about 46 days or 40 spiritually active days) where Christians observe fasting and prayers from Ash Wednesday to Good Friday. We will delve into the meanings and liturgy a bit later.
Now, back to thinking.
We think because most times, we are convinced that there are answers out there, somewhere. We only perhaps need to figure them out; weigh all sides and options. So, we give out our hearts and minds; suspend them for a period hoping they return with answers. We hope they come back different, lighter and empowered with direction.
As we begin the biggest season in the global Christian community; why not lend your heart for a few weeks to thinking, listening and conversing with your Creator?
Why not let go and risk getting it back with answers, less burden, and light by Easter?
It begins with a simple answer…
Are you ready to give it some thought?
Reference: Psalm 27: 1, Psalm 136, Job 40: 1–2.
1. Why I’m I here and where am I headed?
2. What I’m I grateful for and what’s on my mind?
3. Walk away from all those weighty thoughts…to hell with the answers!