28th June 2020
A Few Quotes to Reflect on.
At the moment many people are rushing to beaches or parks or dales. But one of the values and virtues we have needed to develop over the last few weeks is patience – with ourselves, with each other and with those we don’t understand. We also need patience with our Church as it takes time to reopen and develop forms of worship which, while touching us and worthy of God, are also safe for us especially the elderly, sick, and needy.
“Patience is the companion of wisdom.” St Augustine
“Some of your greatest blessings come with patience.” Warren Wiersbe
“I think Christians fail so often to get answers to their prayers because they do not wait long enough on God. They just drop down and say a few words, and then jump up and forget it and expect God to answer them. Such praying always reminds me of the small boy ringing his neighbour’s door-bell, and then running away as fast as he can go.” E.M. Bounds
“There is no love of God without patience and no patience without lowliness and sweetness of spirit.”
Wait on God and He will work, but don’t wait in spiritual sulks because you cannot see an inch in front of you! The longer I’ve been in ministry the happier I am that God didn’t answer my gut reaction prayer. You know, the one where you tell God what’s happening and you tell God exactly what to do and when to do it!! Two personal points for me are at 19 being told I was severely dyslexic and also my spinal problem. Now, don’t think for a moment I’m being pious. But the academic struggle gave me a love of learning and an understanding of struggle when I did prison ministry. There’s a very high number of prisoners who are dyslexic. My second point is my spinal problem – this gives me an understanding of people who suffer and also a real reliance on the Lord. For without the Lord I really couldn’t do anything. In this reflection, I invite you to look at your life. Where has God given you the grace to be patient? During lockdown I think one blessing has been time to stop and listen. If we’re open to the Lord, God whispers to each of us. Yet our life experiences bad and good also call us into the knowledge of God. For in difficult times the Lord calls us to wait on Him. And as we wait we must always remember that God is good. God wishes us the grace of his love. He wishes us to flourish and He will never leave us. As we head towards July may I wish you patience, peace, and the overpowering love of God.
Every Prayer and Blessing.