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A Place To Reside

Written by: Harriet Chunu

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Yet I am confident I will see the Lord’s goodness while I am here in the land of the living. Wait patiently for the Lord. Be brave and courageous. Yes, wait patiently for the Lord.

– Psalm 27:13-14 (NLT)


It was the week leading up to my birthday when I first heard word about there being a lockdown. Weeks passed and disbelief filled the air so quickly, it was hard to think about anything else. News, fear, uncertainty, and fog invaded my house, my mind, and my colleagues at work to the point where as much as I knew what to do as a daughter of God, it still made me shudder.


This was not how I thought this year would go, needless to talk of my birthday month that I was looking forward to. Celebrations of all kinds, came to a halt and silence filled our streets, the tube, and the restaurant where I sat for my birthday meal.


There was no way to gauge how long this would be or the long-lasting impact people would face and four months after my birthday week, the impact of the quarantine continued to roll on. My friends’ jobs were affected and injustice became more apparent. Maybe an area of your life has been affected by this too, that leaves you wondering, what do I do now?


The book of Psalms has always provided comfort to me, and as I highlighted Psalm 27:13-14, “Yet I am confident I will see the Lord’s goodness while I am here in the land of the living. Wait patiently for the Lord.”


It was like a soothing ointment or the scent of patchouli from my favourite perfume. From these words, I felt assured that we will see the Lord’s goodness. His favour. His kindness and His promises in this world - but right now, we wait.


And the way to do that is found in John 15:5, where Jesus asks us to “Abide in Him.” I found that this phrase is a direct correlation to active stillness. The dance to let go yet still be expectant. To stop but to listen. To be still yet see.


In abiding and staying still, we receive God afresh. A new breath of grace to wait patiently for the Lord and embrace the God-in-us notion within, as to what appears to be our current reality. The Serenity Prayer has also been my soul’s words for when I cannot fathom what else to say: “God grant us the serenity to accept the things we cannot change, the courage to change the things we can, and the wisdom to know the difference… Trusting that He will make all things right.”


So ultimately, I will sit within His peace, wait patiently for His goodness, and abide in His comfort, just as He has spoken.


Reflection

1. How are you going to actively wait during this season?

2. Write about an area of your life where you need to actively wait.

Prayer

Father, thank You that in every situation and season we approach, You call us in, to abide and live in You and with You – where Your promises of truth, hope, shelter, rest and wisdom is realised, acknowledged, and then can be received. Thank You for reminding us that Your word is truly ‘Yes and Amen.’ I pray that in this time, we develop a newfound trust in You, that You will protect us, and we will see Your goodness in this place, just as You have promised. Amen.



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