‘Spring is in the air' - from the keyboard of Rev Wendy Prior, Staff Chaplain, Synod of SA
Reflection of the Week - 11 August 2020
By Rev Wendy Prior, Staff Chaplain, Synod of SA
Posted in Faith
This was not the way I intended to spend my day! Recently, instead of my set plans, I had to rescue my sister after the car she borrowed from me broke down. We spent the day catching up on many tasks still waiting to be done from moving our mum into residential care and that had been delayed by COVID-19 restrictions.
For a while I feared my car was going to be too costly to fix. Fortunately, by the end of that day it had been repaired and we collected it – and handed over far more money than I planned to spend!
Nothing about the day happened as we intended, and yet we were able to spend rare time working together, problem-solving and enjoying time together.
How often do our days or months or even years not end up the way we hoped or planned? Sometimes it feels like life has broken down like the car and is being carried off where we didn’t plan. But that is only our small point of view. The following words from Archbishop Oscar Romero offer us a wider perspective.
It helps, now and then, to step back
and take the long view.
The kingdom [of God] is not only beyond our efforts,
it is beyond our vision.
We accomplish in our lifetime only a tiny fraction
of the magnificent enterprise that is God's work.
Nothing we do is complete,
which is another way of saying
that the kingdom always lies beyond us.
No statement says all that could be said.
No prayer fully expresses our faith.
No confession brings perfection.
No pastoral visit brings wholeness.
No programme accomplishes the church's mission.
No set of goals and objectives includes everything.
This is what we are about:
We plant seeds that one day will grow.
We water seeds already planted,
knowing that they hold future promise.
We lay foundations that will need further development.
We provide yeast that produces effects beyond our capabilities.
We cannot do everything
and there is a sense of liberation in realising that.
This enables us to do something,
and to do it very well.
It may be incomplete, but it is a beginning,
a step along the way,
an opportunity for God's grace to enter and do the rest.
We may never see the end results,
but that is the difference between
the master builder and the worker.
We are workers, not master builders,
ministers, not messiahs.
We are prophets of a future not our own. Amen
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