A friend told me yesterday that she didn’t quite understand why we fast; this year, she said, it made her grumpier than usual. Usually, it makes me grumpy, too.
Why do we get married? Why do we go to church? Why do we keep changing our baby’s diapers?
It’s not because we want to, or because it’s particularly edifying, or because it’s glamorous.
We do these strange, nonsensical things because they take us out of our comfort zones, they make us better people, and sometimes, we notice God better when we do them (not always, by any means, but they provide an opportunity).
Lent is about making room for God (I said the same thing about Advent and Epiphany; how about this: LIFE is about making room for God). By changing things up in our lives–removing some of our habitual painkillers, and adding a bit of silence or space–we make things uncomfortable enough to notice where God might be around us.