Here is a paragraph from Bethany's meditation on Lent (connect to the entire poetic and wise post from the side bar):
All I am trying to say is that you hear quiet things more clearly when some of the loudness is removed. This lenten season allows us to step away from some of life's noisiness to create space for the quiet thunder of our Creator. In that way, the giving up actually creates space to receive something you didn't even know you were missing.
Amen. I know I'm thirsty, but riding the crazy rapids of the last couple of weeks, I haven't stopped to realize how. Or for what. So praying for a little Lenten quiet, a season of hunger and thirst, a pre-feasting focus on that which we truly desire.