Happy Lent! Perhaps many of you have discovered (as I have) that old habits die hard, so to speak. How easily we cling to our idols and the "currency" of our past.
I was thinking of it, like this--
As we go through life, we acquire and use a certain "currency" that gets us through life. It's a currency of acceptability, success, power, achievement, likeability- whatever masks we wear that help us feel loveable and get other people to like us. There is nothing wrong with people liking us, don't get me wrong. But when we live with these masks and use this currency as the value of our self worth, it becomes a problem.
Compare this to gold. Gold has an intrinsic value. It has always been valued, comes from the earth and is treasured.
So, this Lent, perhaps God would like to receive our American dollars that we tightly clench in our fists, for fear of losing "value" and reveal our true worth in gold. He leads us out into the desert and "speaks tenderly" to our hearts. He does not wish to force Himself on us or strip us of our dignity. He only wishes us to open our hands and hearts to give Him what never satisfies in exchange for what eternally satisfies.
As we stumble and struggle through Lent, may we turn to Him, ask for help and let ourselves be loved.