One of the great fruits of fasting and abstaining during this great season of renewal and transformation is the way he can open each of us to notice things and situations before we only lived forgetfully. Case in point: abstaining from certain foods and behaviors can bring about an awesome awareness of the hold those things had on us. Spending more time in silence helps us appreciate the world we tend to speed through with alarming and unthinking speed.
“Not as man sees does God see, because man sees the appearance but the LORD looks into the heart.” Let us not rush to judgment and quick to rely on the appearances of things. Treasures are lurking. “You were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord.” When we trust in Jesus, even through the toughest of moments, light will shine. “I am the light of the world, says the Lord; whoever follows me will have the light of life.” We can never be lost if we follow close by the Light of the World because that is precisely why he came to us: “I came into this world for judgment, so that those who do not see might see, and those who do see might become blind.” Spending more time thinking about the Lord, committing to deep prayer and just listening to the voice of God whenever and wherever possible will reap so much reward that we will be changed people by the end of Lent more than we had ever imagined.
“Everyone chases after happiness, not noticing that happiness is right at their heels.” Bertolt Brecht