Psalm 130: 5-6 (NRSVA)
5 I wait for the Lord, my soul waits,
and in his word I hope;
6 my soul waits for the Lord
more than those who watch for the morning,
more than those who watch for the morning.
An important part of making bread is the waiting… waiting for the hidden work of the yeast to do what yeast does. We cover the dough with a cloth, we put it in a warm place so that it may prove — but not too much heat because if we try to hurry the proving, we compromise the structure and flavour. The longer we wait, the slower the fermentation process is, the better the flavour and structure will be.
Waiting can be hard work. Waiting for God is active, not passive, it must be active… active like those who watch for the morning.
It may feel like the sun will never rise — but it will, in it’s time. It may feel like the darkness will last forever — it won’t.
In our waiting it is vital that our activity gives us strength and hope so listen for God, read the scriptures, ponder and reflect and look for signs of the Beloved in our daily lives. The flower pushing through hard ground, the birds singing, the smile of a stranger and the touch of a loved one. Wait for the Lord.
Silence is one of the languages of God, please sit in silence and breathe in and out, slowly, intentionally and repeat the following phrase until your heartbeat slows down and you are focussing on God: “The Lord is here, His Spirit is in me.” Don’t ask for anything, don’t tell God anything — He already knows! Simply be silent.