I don’t recall where I was
speeding hurrying to get, but I had been listening to the song Christ is Mine by CityAlight when I realized my gas tank wasn’t going to get me there. Determined to find a place $.02 lower per gallon, I skipped a few gas stations before I finally stopped.
As I entered the parking lot and pulled alongside the pump, the bridge of the song hit me:
Come, rejoice now, O my soul
For his love is my reward
Fear is gone and hope is sure
Christ is mine forever!
Maybe you should listen to the song, too.
I had heard that song countless times before because I love CityAlight. We’ve sang a few of their songs at worship in our church. But there was something at that moment that brought me to tears. Okay, not a full-on ugly cry, but a swelling in my eyes that was coupled with a smile on my face.
It had to be a gift from God.
It’s been a while since I’ve ditched the overly somber observance of Lent. Yes, it is a time of repentance and reflection. And I do those. But I’ve learned that guilt isn’t a gift from God. Jesus never said, “Repent and feel guilty about what you’re repented about.” Rather, with repentance, God gives joy and peace.
In that moment that was something I received.
I hope Lent is a time you can experience those gifts as well.