I’ve been down in the shop this morning. I’m working on a new project. It’s a small stand for my mother-in-law. The piece is going together with mortise and tenon joints.
As I was cleaning up and fine tuning the fit I realized something. In many ways the work that I was doing was similar to the work of Lent. Hear me out.
In order to join the two boards together I first have to make a hole in the piece that will become the leg. I started by drilling out much of the waste and then had to clean it up. Removing that waste is a bit like the work that we do removing the sin in our lives during this season. There is “extra stuff” within us, stuff that is not needed for who God is shaping us to be. In order to be turned into that good creation we have to remove the waste.
But this removal is twofold. It not only removes what is unnecessary, it also makes room for what is to come. As we empty these spaces in our lives and our hearts, there must also be something that fills it. It is the hope of this fulfillment that we find in the empty tomb. It is what we long for, await for this Lenten season.
As we continue through this Lenten journey together I invite you to be at work removing the waste, the extra bits that are not for you to be made into God’s good creation, but I also invite you to see this as an opportunity to make space for the Risen Christ whom we await.