When I have observed Lent in the past, it has been for the purpose of sacrificing something in my life voluntarily so that God can be first on the throne of my heart. Going without something important to me reveals its true hold and reflects my heart's real king. And, knowing myself and that Scripture tells me I'm prone to wander, I have yet to run out of ways of discovering my heart's treason. One way I've learned to expose these lies is through hearing others' experiences and their responses to my own Lent observations.
Secondly, I've learned that trusting God is hard. It's so much easier to trust in the things of this world or tools God uses, but this is not trusting Him. So often I have found myself relying on finances, my own skills, others' advice, and a whole host of other things that can be good things but incapable of bearing my trust. They merely give me the illusion of trust and security.
So, I'm thankful for Lent this year. God has taken my sins and my struggles, cast them upon His capable shoulders, and shown me even for a mere couple of weeks that His yoke is easy and His burden is light. He is worthy of my trust, my obedience, and my praise. He has graciously given me a glimpse into what Paul meant when He said, "Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong" (2 Corinthians 12:9-10).