Eastertime - Be still and wait
Though the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, "Peace be with you!" Then he said to Thomas, "Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe." Thomas said to him, "My Lord and my God!"
~ John 20:26 - 28
One thing that the current situation of the world is teaching us is that waiting is not popular. In fact, I have seen more people share their feelings about how waiting is actually a "waste of time."
Perhaps this opportunity is teaching us that our culture dictates the way in which we should live. "Get going! Do something! Show you are able to make a difference! Don't just sit there and wait!"
I'm learning that for many, waiting is an awful desert between where they are and where they want to be. And people simply do not like such a place!
I am reminded that times of "waiting" is found throughout the Bible. So often I hear people share about "God's timing," when actually it is a lesson about learning how to wait. As a patient shared with me last year, "Patience is learning how to live within God's timing."
So often I meet people who still are looking at "Bucket Lists," and wondering, "what else can I still do?"
For many it seems that the only way to discover worth is by "doing," something.
Ultimately we all will find ourselves waiting at some point in our life. In many ways, it is an invitation to serve as a reminder that our vocation as human beings is not to fill our lives with "things," but that our actions should be more about our faith.
Together we are all waiting. Together we are waiting, not so much to see what the next season will look like, but waiting for our new way of life to become visible.
While we wait, we remember to stay in God's grip!
G. Todd Williams (c) 2020
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Rev. G. Todd Williams lives in the Houston metro area and is a Hospice Chaplain at Essential Hospice, Webster, Texas, and is an ordained Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) pastor.