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 40:31. The Message Bible).
We in the 21st Century have forgotten what it was like to only be able to send a message through the postal mail and wait in agony for a response. Those who are learning to drive today, will never know what it is to have their car break down with no way to contact someone for help because there is no pay phone near by. Drive through windows, check cards, high speed internet, etc. Waiting is an antique idea.
Yet, for all that humankind has accomplished, we are still as fragile and broken as ever. Life still stinks with illness, death, loneliness and grief. We can have everything the inventors of the last forty years have developed, and not be any closer to personal fulfillment. We still experience the emptiness that comes from an interior hunger for holiness and wholeness that only God can satisfy.
The Prophet Isaiah tells us that the answer for what we are lacking lies in waiting for God. Isaiah echoes the Psalmist who wrote, “For God alone my soul in silence waits; from him comes my salvation. He alone is my rock and my salvation, my stronghold, so that I shall not be greatly shaken” (Psalm 62:1,2 The Book of Common Prayer, p.669). Our waiting in silence for God, opens a space within us for God to come to renew us. Like a mother, God comes to give us the strength to spread our wings and fly. God sends us running on the energy of grace, so that we may walk in “the way” of Jesus’ life as He walks along with us.
Today, God invites us to spend some time waiting upon the Lord in contemplative prayer. God wants to send us off to our next endeavor in His Name. Renewed and flying like an eagle; running like a gazelle and walking like a hiker on a new path of unending discoveries.
Br. Anselm Philip King-Lowe, n/OSB