Nov 28, 2012

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MEDITATION: When our lives are being placed on hold

A few years ago during a flight to the Netherlands we had to circle for quite a while above Schiphol airport before we were allowed to land.

Thick mist made it almost impossible to see the landing strip so that a landing under these circumstances had become risky and dangerous. The pilot however assured and consoled us that mist during that time of the year was not unusual for the Netherlands and that it will eventually clear up. As passengers we only had to wait and be patient.

For some this was more difficult than for others. They were anxious and restless.  They wanted to feel the safety of firm ground under their feet as quickly as possible.  Which eventually did happen after about half an hour.

I recall this incident because it reminds me of similar experiences on our journey in life.

Like this delayed landing we are also at times asked to wait and exercise patience – to wait, for example, until trust has been restored; or until the results of the tests are known, or the illness has passed, or I have heard what happened to my application for work, or whether my child will survive and come through the crisis that he or she is currently experiencing, or whether I, after a traumatic experience, shall regain the confidence to face the outside world again etc. etc.

The list of cases or instances where we are asked to be patient and to wait is endless.

Thus it remains an art, if not a special gift to keep waiting when it feels as if, just like the aeroplane above Schiphol, our lives are temporarily being placed on hold. Nobody really enjoys this prolonged waiting time. It often feels, in the words of James 1:2-3, like an (unnecessary?) testing of our faith so that like the psalmist we often want to cry out: “How long still, o Lord, how long?”

But this is often the way of faith.

Carel Anthonissen

  1. Laurianne says:

    Thank you for the post.When I read the title of the post I laughed beacause that what is going on in my life right now.

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