But the deaths continue. The concern for children, parents, partners, friends; all that continues.
Waiting patiently – which is what it seems we are called to do right now, is hard. We are asked to exercise patience and self control with no visible end point. And it’s tough for all of us. Those sayings about “watching grass grow” and “watching paint dry” seem particularly apposite.
As Christians, how do we respond to this sense of boredom, anxiety, frustration and powerlessness?
St Paul writes about how we will recognise the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives:
“…the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, PATIENCE, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,23 gentleness and SELF-CONTROL. Against such things there is no law. 24 Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. 25 Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit.”
Psalm 37 says “
Trust in the Lord and do good; dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture.
4 Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.
5 Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him and he will do this:
6 He will make your righteous reward shine like the dawn, your vindication like the noonday sun.
7 Be still before the Lord and wait PATIENTLY for him;
Patiently waiting isn’t what we want to do- but let’s pray that in this season where we are compelled to wait, we offer our loneliness, impatience and frustration to God, asking for His Holy spirit to work in us, so that we may be better equipped to serve and love.
“Above all, trust in the slow work of God.
We are quite naturally impatient in everything to reach the end without delay.
We should like to skip the intermediate stages.
We are impatient of being on the way to something unknown, something new.
And yet it is the law of all progress
that it is made by passing through some stages of instability—
and that it may take a very long time.
And so I think it is with you;
your ideas mature gradually—let them grow,
let them shape themselves, without undue haste.
Don’t try to force them on,
as though you could be today what time
(that is to say, grace and circumstances acting on your own good will)
will make of you tomorrow.
Only God could say what this new spirit
gradually forming within you will be.
Give Our Lord the benefit of believing
that his hand is leading you,
and accept the anxiety of feeling yourself
in suspense and incomplete.”
(Pierre Teilhard de Chardin)