Thought for the week – 14.5.20

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Perhaps you’re like me – when you’re asked to wait for something, you sometimes find yourself thrown into an internal wrestling match between patience and impatience.

You know that the resolution you desire will come, but you don’t know when or even how.  Even though waiting patiently is perceived as something of a British trait, we’re all still subject to human nature, and it isn’t something that comes naturally to many of us.

Today, we’re in a time of waiting, perhaps like nothing we’ve ever known before, and one of the questions I’ve been asking of myself is this: ‘What richness can I find in this time of waiting, so that I come out the other side stronger and more ready for what I’m called to?’

The Bible speaks a significant voice to this idea of active waiting, of using the time between the “now” and the coming breakthrough wisely so that when it arrives, we are stronger for it.

The Old Testament writer Isaiah knew it when he penned the words “…those who trust in the LORD will renew their strength.”  The Psalmist knew it when he encouraged the people to “…be silent before the LORD and wait expectantly for Him.”

I believe God has an end in sight for this current struggle, and between now and then He is inviting us to trust, to be still and to wait expectantly, because even in the darkest moments there is richness to be found – a richness which can change us, our community and our nation for the better.

Reverend Stuart Lawson
Oban Baptist Church