For the most part, my day up to now has revolved around waiting. I was given last week, a window of 4 hours to wait in for a heating engineer to survey the flue for my decommissioned gas fire. Sadly four and a quarter hours later, I lost patience and phoned up, only to be told my details weren’t on the engineers’ schedule, and that I would have to wait another week. Fortunately, there was more success with our church photocopier. We were awaiting a part which had been on order since Monday, and as I type, the machine is currently being repaired in the church office next door. Finally after my lap top crashed yesterday, I was waiting this morning for a phone call from Apple support to address the problem. For over an hour I was patiently talked through the intricacies of my machine, whereby the advisor (through a screen sharing function) whilst far away, was able to monitor what I was doing on the computer, and with a cursor pointed to what I needed to access, add and delete. It was a strange experience at first, feeling rather exposed with my wrongly filed stuff all over the place, a rammed desktop, and where with my total lack of knowledge had to totally trust the advice giver – but it was worth it. The advisor could see what the problem was, but I had to act to sort it out.
It reminded me a little of the relationship we have with God - God sees us as we are, indeed has a far greater understanding of what makes us tick and where our problems might lie – but can really only advise, with the onus on ourselves to take action, whereby under His guidance we can enjoy the full life His son promised.
With this in mind, and recognising that for a number of us, Advent is proving to be once again a testing time, can I share with you the first part of one of my favourite Iona prayers from the celtic tradition;
You keep us waiting
You, the God of all time,
want us to wait
for the right time in which to discover
who we are, where must go
who will be with us, and what we must do
So we thank you….for the waiting time.
May we indeed know God in our waiting this advent.