This post originally appeared on BaptistNews.com in March 2016.
We’re over half way through Lent. If you have been faithful to a mini-fast from chocolate or coffee or Candy Crush Saga during this time in the Christian year characterized by reflection and penitence, then you are well aware of the calendar. Eighteen days to go.
Time moves more slowly when you are counting the days or the hours. Think of a child waiting for Christmas or a spouse waiting for their soldier to come home.
Perhaps that is one of the gifts of Lent for those who give themselves to its observance. A slowing down of time. An attentiveness to moments when they are emptied of their often mindless or frantic fill. Intentionally expectant of what God might provide when given some time and space to enter in.