It is now March and we have been without a Rector for eighteen months – longer than we would have hoped. As I write it is the end of January and we are hoping that the situation will not go on like this for too much longer. To date we have had several people interested in the post but none of these has resulted in a formal interview.
There is a saying “good things come to those who wait”. This was used as an advertising slogan in the UK for Guinness in the 1990s and 2000s and in the US for Heinz ketchup in the 1980s. The saying is really telling us to have patience in all that we do. There is so much in life that we need to be patient about, especially things over which we have no control. Springtime is a time for flowers to bloom and there is another saying, “April showers bring May flowers”. There is nothing that you and I can do except to be patient and wait as the April rains give way to a sunnier May when the flowers will bloom.
It is said that patience is a virtue. In other words, it is the ability to wait calmly without getting irritated or angry – a quality that most people would consider to be morally good or desirable. And so we must be patient, knowing that good things come to all of us who are prepared to wait, difficult though that sometimes is. And if we turn to the bible, then Psalm 37 gives us some reassurance. Verse 7 begins:
Be still in the presence of the Lord and wait patiently for Him to act.
This quotation reminds me of a hymn we often sing, “Be still, for the presence of the Lord, the Holy One, is here”. This reminds us that in all that we do, God is with us.
Please think of us all during these times of discernment as we continue to try to find the right person to become our new Rector. Think of us as we exercise that patience we need to ensure that good will come out of the waiting. The final verse of the hymn I quoted goes like this:
Be still, for the power of the Lord is moving in this place;
He comes to cleanse and heal, to minister His grace.
No work too hard for Him, in faith receive from Him.
Be still, for the power of the Lord is moving in this place.
With best wishes to you all.
Licensed Lay Minister and Churchwarden