Sometimes Lent, and life, are heavy. I wonder why Solomon did not write about this. He could have just added to his time and season poetry, There is a season for light weights and a season for terribly heavy things. That feels natural to me. And I think it is true.
For me, Lent is proving to be a heavy season. And I think that’s exactly right.
There is nothing light about Jesus humbling himself to a cross. When I think about what it means to “take up a cross,” the imagery that comes to mind is that we might stumble along under a dense log’s weight, rather than skip with driftwood resting atop our shoulders.
Don’t get me wrong here. I understand grace! I understand that the work is done. I am understanding it more now than ever before.
But maybe that is why I also understand the need to feel the heaviness of the cross. Grace that runs so deep means a staggering debt was paid.
So, this year for Lent, I’ve given some things up, and I picked something up. I picked up a manuscript that I’ve known I was to write for two years now. But I haven’t. Because, well…
In fact, at times it feels I might be carrying a load of cinder blocks over my shoulder this Lenten season. This writing requires reentry into some of the harder places of life. And then, there is the hope of exiting the other side.
There is the audacious hope of bringing others with me through the tunnel of grief. That is part of my call, my mantle. That is why I’m writing for these 46 days.
Lent can be heavy, and yet our hearts can still find light. If you are carrying something heavy right now, be encouraged. Press in to Jesus! Carrying the cross also means this: there is resurrection power at work in you. Let us never forget what awaits us on the other side of heaviness.
Eph 1:18-20 I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is like the working of his mighty strength, which he exerted in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms…