I trust this premature Midweek Musing doesn’t throw your weekly internal calendar too much!
Yes indeed it is only Tuesday, but a combination of circumstances find me currently seated at the church computer in our office. Little did I know when preaching last Sunday, that one of the themes we noted when looking at the early ministry of Elijah, was that he had an enforced person of waiting, specifically “waiting on God”, would have a particular resonance with me. Let me explain;
Early yesterday, the simple task of running a bath resulted in me putting (again) my back out, to the extent that even with a cocktail of painkillers I was reduced to spending the rest of the day laid up in bed. I was totally dependent on Helen for food and drink, together with her support if i tried to move from room to room (..let the reader understand!). Any pride I may have had when trying to cope on my own, soon evaporated and I accepted her help with gratitude. In a similar way, we learnt in 1 Kings that after Elijah has given bad king Ahab a prophesy of God’s judgement, he had to lie low, spending time in isolation where watered by a small brook, and fed with ravens bringing him food, he spends time dependent on the provision of God. we reflected together in church, how we when enforced or choosing to wait on God, can have our focus helpfully changed.
And so on to today….. I had asked my latest batch of students to come to Brunswick this morning so that I could meet them here, rather than journey across to Salford and risk my back further. Then, having taught then in the small lounge, I temporarily found myself locked out of my house next door. I am waiting again – this time for one of the children to get home and let me in. However, reflecting on my predicament, I was encouraged to pray about it - not seeking answers, but simply bringing my latest situation to Jesus. This I’m sure was partly informed by an enjoyable evening I had shared with others at church on Sunday evening, when spending time with Henry Martin the author of a new book on prayer; “Eavesdropping”. We reflected together on one of a number of conversations recorded with Jesus, when Mary his mother, simply brought a situation of a wedding without wine to Jesus, and left it with him. It’s a really helpful book, I commend it to you, not least as we will be using it in our church’s journey through the season of Lent.
As for me – my unexpected period of waiting this time, resulted with these musings! May we all, throughout the rest of this week, be guided by God, both in our activity and in our in waiting.