Journey to Easter 2017
Interim implies waiting. Scripture is filled with divine intent around the practice of waiting on God. The prophet Isaiah implores God's people to wait in anticipation of God's provision:
Why would you ever complain, O Jacob, or, whine, Israel, saying, “God has lost track of me. He doesn’t care what happens to me”? Don’t you know anything? Haven’t you been listening? God doesn’t come and go. God lasts. He’s Creator of all you can see or imagine. He doesn’t get tired out, doesn’t pause to catch his breath. And he knows everything, inside and out. He energizes those who get tired, gives fresh strength to dropouts. For even young people tire and drop out, young folk in their prime stumble and fall. But those who wait upon God get fresh strength. They spread their wings and soar like eagles, They run and don’t get tired, they walk and don’t lag behind. Isaiah 40: 27-31 The Message
I desperately want fresh strength like this. You too? I confess I tend to seek strength in order to accomplish things that matter to me. Honestly, my prayers are about seeking God's help with to-do lists. Yet, in truth God is more interested in my to-wait lists.
This Lent I invite you to join me in waiting. I believe scripture tells us that God forms us spiritually as we wait.
Prayer: O Lord who does not count on my achievements to matter, meet me as I wait on you for renewing strength. Form me this day to your way of being in the world. Through Jesus Christ, our Lord, Amen.