Throughout the ages, spring has been a time of renewal and coming alive after a fallow and inward winter. The significance of “forty” for the forty days of Lent coincide to this awakening and renewal and is not to be underestimated. Forty days are in many scenes from Biblical History. One only has to think of Noah and the Ark, Moses and the forty days after he killed the Egyptian, Moses in the desert, Joshua and his forty days to the Promised Land, Elijah walking for forty days and forty nights, and the time of Jesus Christ and His temptation in the desert.
And, after each of these fallow, anguishing, waiting periods, renewal occurs afterwards. So I have been asking myself: “What is my forty? What regrowth, renewal, or positive change is going to come out of this time?” Just like the way disequilibrium gives way to equilibrium in development, the way the rain turns into the sun shining, fallow periods or even times of hardship often lead to amazing new beginnings; a blooming and blossoming, just like the branches of the flowering trees here in the south.
Sometimes we get stuck and can’t see our way out of the fallowness. If you live long enough, then you will have plenty of fallow periods or periods where things just aren’t going well. How we get unstuck depends upon us. Some of us need to start in the physical plane, with exericse or changing our nutrition or seeing a healthcare professional. Some of us need to start in the emotional plane with counseling, checking our values, putting in boundaries. Some of us need to start on the spiritual plane and as our spirituality and connection to everything around us deepens, we feel a new burst of energy and direction.
Even if you don’t celebrate Lent for religious reasons, I invite you to take some time during Lent for renewal and spiritual deepening. I would love to hear your plans!