In the Moment – the story

At church a few of us are in a short class on Lectio Divina – which is a contemplative/prayerful way of reading scripture, which we are learning together.  In the group we each have a copy of the scripture passage. One person reads the passage out loud. Then a second person reads it. Then someone prays, and then it is read for a third time. After this we each find our own space for 5 or 10 minutes and listen for what God might be saying to us.

On this night the passage was Isaiah 40:27 – 31

27.Why do you say, O Jacob, and complain, O Israel, “My way is hidden from the LORD; my cause is disregarded by my God”?28.Do you not know? Have you not heard? The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom.29.He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.30.Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall;31.but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.

So, how did I get the poem from this?

Picture this. Day, on an African plain. A few trees and bushes, but mostly a wide open space. In the space see a long distance runner with his easy, ground eating strides.

He’s not racing.

Maybe he has a destination, maybe not.

Maybe he sees the land around him. Maybe not.

Maybe he feels the heat of the sun, the hard dirt under his feet.

Maybe he feels the play of his muscles, the beating of his heart, the work of his lungs as he breathes.

Maybe not.

He is running.

And in his running he is in the moment. And that is all he needs to continue running.

For the believer, our now is being in the Presence of God.

The hope spoken of in the passage is not some faint wishing, but it is a grasping onto God and what He has for us. It is the putting on of His yoke and learning His Way.


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