Waiting for God

Life seems to be in something of a holding pattern lately. We go about the usual things, we have our routine, which is occasionally interrupted, and in many ways we are at peace with our life. We’ve had our struggles and those dark days of heartache and longing and tears (strangely, in restrospect many of those weren’t grief but willfulness) even recently, but mostly we’re on an even keel. All right so far!

And tomorrow has to worry about itself…so we try not to be anxious and we try to place everything on God. But we know we are not surging ahead into wonderful new endeavours and if we didn’t have each other, (Thank God for that!) we would be pretty lonely and blue.

Shall we say we’ve had worse times in our lives? Of course – illness and bereavement and extreme poverty; we have a roof over our heads for now¬†and food in the cupboard and we are mostly reconciled with those around us. It might be that we could get a little complacent in all this. It’s not wealth, although we have spiritual riches, as St. Peter said in his first letter to Asia Minor, riches that others brought to us, the apostles and martyrs and followers of Christ through the past. “Even the angels long to catch a glimpse of these things.” (I Peter 1:12.)

This time in between the calls to action, between the great spiritual battles is this time: “Your minds, then, must be sober and ready for action; put all your hope in the grace brought to you by the revelation of Jesus Christ. Do not allow yourselves to be shaped by the passions of your old ignorance, but as obedient children, be yourselves holy in all your activity, after the model of the Holy One who calls us, since scripture says, “Be holy, for I am holy.” And if you address as Father him who judges without favouritism according to each individual’s deeds, live out the time of your exile here in reverent awe.” (I Peter 1:13-17.)

Reverent awe! This is a great gift of the Holy Spirit, that we would be given a glimpse of what is worthy of reverent awe.

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2 thoughts on “Waiting for God

  1. It’s lovely to have these times that let us sit and refesh ourselves in the stillness. I should learn more from those times.

  2. There’s always something to learn, isn’t there? In seminary, you get taught all the bad habits of ministry, rushing from one class to another, working on things, finishing things, getting involved – I felt torn in three different directions at all times! We get quite serious about preaching and committee work, and looking right…I remember all the conflicting messages of those days, when my poor little spirit would just cry for some peace and stillness. As a parish priest, I used to take my prayer book and dog and head up into the woods to pray and meditate without the telephone and the everlasting interruptions. The rule I’ve learned: Pray first. Then everything else will be easier.

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