Afterthoughts 8/5/2020

“The Courage of Waiting”

Be strong, and let your heart take courage,
    all you who wait for the Lord. [Psalm 31:24]

We so often busy ourselves,
    with anxious activity
    that only stirs, never stills
        and call it “productivity.”

Waiting is the posture of Sabbath-like resistance
    refusing to be a cog in the machine,
        to be a “team player.”

Waiting trusts that the answers
    don’t come from us.

In a world frenetic with busy-ness
    this kind of stillness
        takes courage,
        faith in the Creator –
        who keeps creating,
        who keeps providing,
        who keeps finding,
        who keeps restoring.

It takes courage to sit long enough
    to face the truth about ourselves,
    to be confronted with the world as it is –
        not as we wished it would be.
    After all, this isn’t our world,
        so maybe the Author should get the chance to speak.

Waiting takes courage,
    yet it’s the way to real;
    it’s our chance to notice, to receive,
        to get tangled up in the truth:
God is love;
God is enough;
God in Jesus Christ.

Be strong and let your heart take courage,
    all you who wait for the Lord.

  • Pastor Ty