What a MASSIVE failure Lent was for me this year.
About two weeks into Lent, I gave up. I was feeling oh so deprived.
At the time, it made sense. It’s been a hard year, and I’d felt like I’d been deprived in a lot of ways in the fall when I couldn’t sleep, couldn’t do the stuff I normally enjoy doing and was just miserable.
I felt like I’d gone through my time of Lent for the year.
And I suppose I did.
So, I went back to doing whatever it was that I wanted and left Lent alone.
But then a funny thing happened last week. I realized that by deliberately giving up on Lent, I somehow learned its lesson anyway.
You see, Lent is supposed to remind us of our faults and our failings, our selfishness and our corruptness, and that we need a Saviour. We can’t do everything ourselves. And in pushing Lent to the side, I somehow reminded myself of all of these things.
So while I thought I completely failed this Lent, I ended up not failing at all.
What wonderful grace.