Indiana: I’m goin’ after that truck.
Indiana: I don’t know, I’m makin’ this up as I go.
From Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
The memorable exchange from Raiders is what my Lent has been so far. Last year I had posts galore, I had a Bible study plan-I was cookin’. This year however, it’s as if my itinerary was left at home when I started my Lenten journey. Between my wife recovering from recent major surgery, my mother’s health declining (she’s in Florida), raising a precocious almost five-year old son (in the above photo), work, church, and other responsibilities it’s amazing I still remember it is Lent. Did I tell you I’ve been playing “keep away” with the flu as well?
I know there are those who’ll gladly share their daily Bible readings, what they’ve given up, the myriad of services they’ve attended for Lent, and even getting their ashes on their forehead early Ash Wednesday morning. All I can say is, “Good for you and here’s your gold star for the day”.
For me-and others like me-all I can say is that I’m making this up as I go. I’m getting up in the morning, going about my daily responsibilities while remembering what I’ve chosen to give up, and trying to live the best life I can with Divine empowerment while keeping the creative flames burning. That in the end, Lent is not a period of 46 days, but a tributary flowing into the main river of my Christian journey-a journey within a journey. I don’t know where this journey will take me since I’m making it up as I go. However, I really don’t mind it at all.
It may even be more fun!