“A seed only flourishes by staying in the ground in which it is sown. When you keep digging the seed up to check whether it is growing, it will never bear fruit. Think of yourself as a little seed planted in rich soil. All you have to do is stay there and trust that the soil contains everything you need to grow. This growth takes place even when you do not feel it” (Henri Nouwen).
It helps if you think of this season of self-quarantining and social distancing as a time of waiting. It’s a time where God is saying to us, “Be still and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations.”
Sometimes, it’s good to stop and reflect. Even so, many of us will never take the time to pause unless we’re forced to stop. Either you pick a time to rest or your body will pick it for you, as I heard it said before.
Lately, it feels like life has hit the pause button on the Celestial Remote. You can’t rush and hurry when there’s nowhere to go.
May we all use this time as a time as a sacred pause, a time to learn again how to discern the voice of God. I in particular need all the practice and help I can get for hearing God speak to me.
But this is the season for it. May we use our time wisely in this season so that we may be better image-bearers of God when the normal resumes.