I was having a conversation with my son, who is in College, a couple of weeks ago. We were talking about being half way through things and that making them much easier. As we both run I gave the example of running two miles. Sometimes, somewhere around that half mile mark your mind tells you that perhaps today is not the day and you should do this tomorrow. However, once you push yourself to one mile, the second one comes easily.
It is a week into Lent. Nowhere near half way. This time last week we were smudging ashes on our heads and preparing for a journey, which we have now begun. I have begun to work through a Lent series called “Finding Jesus in John” – it appeals because I get a page each day where I can write or doodle or draw. No rules, just a sentence from the Bible and a blank space.
“God is love, and those who abide in love abide in God, and God abides in them” (1 John 4:16). Lovely, isn’t it? It really is that simple. Love. Lent can seem like a slog when we really are not feeling like running anywhere. So why not sit still, abide in, live and notice God’s love?