By Revd Mike Talbot, Director of Mission Community Development.
Like many others, I have been discovering a new pattern of life, having been furloughed since the beginning of last month. The default can still be to drift to the laptop, check emails, pretend to be busy.
Thanks, in no small part, to the glorious weather that has become the norm over the last month, our garden is in a better order than we have ever known. The flower beds are (virtually) weed free, and what used to be empty spaces are now filling with plants. The recent purchase of an exercise bike, just before the pandemic hit, has been put to very good use – although whether it has led to a slimmer me is debatable.
A colleague was telling me that he has valued the chance to gain some head space and catch up on conversations long overdue. That’s been our experience as well as we have facetimed friends and family far more regularly than had been the case – in part because we can’t see them personally. And a recent survey done by TEAR Fund suggests that there has been a significant increase in the number of people praying – or dropping in on some of the online services that are taking place.
“Be still and know that I am God” the Psalmist invites us in Psalm 46. In this enforced time of lockdown, taking time to pause, listen and discover God afresh nourishes and sustains us. It starts by simply stopping. And listening. Why not give it a try?