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Musings from a Mordecai (18)

 As I sit here at my desk, I’m looking out at a pleasant summer’s day. The sun is shining, but in patches – there’s clearly a bit of a breeze which is moving the clouds about as well as the leaves. Purely on the evidence of my eyes, all is well with the world, and there isn’t a problem in sight.

 And yet we all know things aren’t that simple. Virus flare-ups in some parts of the country have meant that restrictions have tightened again for us all. Indeed we know that, as with several other diseases, someone may look and feel entirely well and yet be infected with Corona. Hence the continued need to wear masks in public, and be careful about human contact. It is all very frustrating, and I’m sure we all understand the temptation to ignore the experts and go back to doing what we want as quickly as possible. (This is probably unfair of me, but I have been amused by some of the reports coming out of America. There are “survivalist” groups there, who pride themselves on having stockpiled food and ammunition so that they could withstand the fall of civilisation after a possible nuclear war. Yet many of these are also complaining about not being able to buy cups of coffee, or being forced to wear a mask. Maybe I’m naïve, but I think the collapse of civilisation would be harder to cope with than what we have now….)

 John Milton is one of the great English poets, and deeply Christian, even if he is not read as much today as he used to be. He wrote a sonnet when he was going blind, and believed that his abilities, his usefulness, his very value in God’s eyes were all at an end. And yet he ends with words that are often quoted without reference to their original context:

            They also serve who only stand and wait.

The realisation that God does not need anything from us is deeply true, and yet accepting it is hard. (In fact I think there’s a lot of unresolved emotion in this very poem. But I’m not speaking to one of my Sixth Form Literature classes, so I won’t inflict a full analysis on you at the moment.) However, this is where many of us are at the moment; we can’t do all that we want to, and we are forced to “stand and wait”.

 Glancing back through my files of these pieces made me realise that I’ve often spoken about how hard is for us all to cope when things are not clear. So forgive me if I repeat myself as, for me, the uncertainty we’re living through makes things particularly tough. Government advice changes, there is no definite end in sight, and none of us is quite sure what is going on. Once again I found strength in the Psalms recently:

 I lift up my eyes to the hills—

                        from where will my help come?

My help comes from the Lord,

                        who made heaven and earth.

He will not let your foot be moved;

                        he who keeps you will not slumber.

He who keeps Israel

                        will neither slumber nor sleep. (Psalm 121. 1-4)

Here there is a wonderful mix of being reminded of the grandeur of God, who made heaven and earth, and the very homely observation – we can trust him not to fall asleep on the job! His ways are deeper than ours, his thoughts beyond our comprehension, and yet he cares for us.

 God bless you all, Huw


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