It is a cloudy day but not really dark, a dampish day but not sodden, cool but not cold, a quiet day but not lifeless. The birds are chirping a bit, reminding us that it is just another day. The calmness is a kind of anticipation, an awaiting. For what do we await? The sun!
This is the ninth day of May, 2013, and here in Minnesota we are eager to end this long, drawn out transition from winter to spring. We’ve had days in the 70s but they were interrupted by a foot of wet, heavy snow. It has gone and green is beginning to show but ever so slowly.
Life has many days like this. They aren’t always reflected in the weather but they are real nonetheless. There are times when it seems nothing is happening, as if life simply is on hold. We may be busy on the outside but in our hearts we are just waiting, not always sure what we’re hoping for.
Perhaps it is deliverance.
Lord, deliver us from evil. Deliver us from aimlessness. Deliver us from emptiness. Deliver us from loneliness. O Lord, deliver us! Lead us to our tomorrow, the tomorrow in which we know you are calling us, moving us, teaching us. Let the sunshine of your Spirit flood us and bathe us and inspire us. Remind us again that we are walking with Jesus Christ, along his path, through his valleys and up his hills. And please, Lord, don’t ever let go of us. We are yours, heart, soul, mind, and strength.