Lent isn’t a cure all. Growing up as a Pentecostal, the prayer time around the altar was treated as a cure all. Youth camp was treated as a cure all. One time events were treated as cure alls. You pray, God visits you, the Holy Spirit does his work… you move on.
Lent is 40 days, plus 6 Sundays. Sometimes it can be treated as a “fix it” time. After all, it’s 40 days!
But one Lenten season won’t “fix” us. It is a lifetime of Lents that will bring us into a rhythm that is needed and leads us to maturity.
“Pierre Teilhard de Chardin reminds us, ‘Above all, trust in the slow work of God.'” — Tish Harrison Warren, Prayer in the Night
This is the word the Lord gave me in this season. I have a prayer: “Lord, sweeten my walk with you.” And I have a directive from the Lord: “Climb the mountain.”
Both come back to that reminder: Trust the slow work of God