It feels as if the world is in a holding pattern. We’re inhabiting a waiting zone where the familiar is missing, and an in-between place where flight is suspended but we’re desperate to forge ahead.
We’re trying to stay patient until we’re able to return to our previous routines. This space can feel confining, like a chrysalis in its birth sac on the way to butterflying, but with no specific end view in sight yet.
We want to test our wings, though they seem such papery, fragile things, unready for take-off. Instead, we are being asked to trust, keep calm and carry on. As people of faith, we’re surrendering control to our Chief Pilot as He navigates for us.
“I was learning that being still and waiting in one place—going not forward but inward—was the sort of progress that really counted, the sort that gave us wings.” — Sue Monk Kidd, When the Heart Waits: Spiritual Direction for Life’s Sacred Questions
It seems as if a soul can only soar once it has clearance to fly. Being in a holding pattern is frustrating and slows us down. But the gift of it? Having room to question and wonder what’s next, observe the status quo inside our souls, and adapt to change.
And there is hope. Though it might be blurry and out of focus at times, it’s worth holding on to. This is the kind of resilient hope we only discover during our seasons in the dark.
“Hope lies in braving the chaos and waiting calmly, with trust in the God who loves us.” — Sue Monk Kidd, When the Heart Waits: Spiritual Direction for Life’s Sacred people Questions
While we incubate a new way of being, God sits with us, holding us close, giving us His healing solace. Nothing is missed. God sees everything we are going through, including the coronavirus and its deleterious effects.
God is with us as we grow toward our new soul shape, and He is in the future as we learn to embrace it. He is in the days ahead when a different flight path is offered to us.
And God accompanies us in this birthing place, while we feel the pangs of our soul shifting toward its future self, the as yet unknown shape it will take.
Our querulous passengers – How? What? Where? Why? and When? – are demanding answers, but we cannot satisfy them yet. We can barely see or sense the way ahead.
This is new territory for us. There is no detailed map, only contours signalling a bumpy ride is likely. So we strap ourselves in for the duration, and prepare for our altered destination.
What does this suggest? I think we’re being called to let go of our certainties, and invited to embrace mystery, as we inhabit a sacred growing place.
In the soul surrender which uncertainty brings, God is helping us stay focused on what matters most. He will bring us clarity, one tiny step at a time.
God is training our listening hearts to become more receptive to His presence, grace and love. One thing remains certain: His compassionate care never stops.
In a holding place we can rest in always being lovingly held and supported by God. In time to come, we will be able to spread our wings as He gives us clearance to move ahead.
May we prepare to be launched into new soul territory and experiences, as God sees fit. May we grow stronger on the inside with each soul shifting we pay attention to and work through, by His grace.
We will develop faith muscles we never knew we had. Perhaps the only way out of a stagnant holding pattern is a faith-filled upwards and onwards, my friend, trusting God every step of the way! 😉✈️💜
Thank you for these thoughts Joy ❣️ This is the journey I am encouraging my congregation to embrace with some success. Much love to you Dear One 💜
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Thanks for encouraging me too, Michael, by your caring presence. It’s a tough journey we are on but there is always hope to be found and blessings to discover in the darkness of it all. I think you are one such shining, inspiring light for your loved ones, congregation, readers and friends. I’m always blessed to see you at my blogs! Much love and grateful virtual hugs to you, dear Brother. 💜
Oh these words strike to the center of my heart now: ” I think we’re being called to let go of our certainties, and invited to embrace mystery, as we inhabit a sacred growing place.” We want so badly to know and be certain, but mystery involves NOT knowing. But I am so thankful that all the while that we let go, He is never once letting go of us. Thank you for these precious reminders that He is holding onto us through this process of change and transformation. It is a word that keeps coming up everywhere I go lately. Jesus is so faithful to His Word to us. I am so thankful we can travel together, dear friend. Much love and hugs and prayers for you, across the pond. xoxo
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Dear Bettie, would you believe they did the same for me? I love to question, but more than that I long to know the answers! Yet a life of faith is full of uncertainties in the journey itself even though we can be sure of God’s faithfulness, His constant, compassionate presence with us and His all-encompassing love and grace. I’m hanging on to your words here: “I am so thankful that all the while that we let go, He is never once letting go of us.” Amen! Such restful reassurance. I’m so thankful for your companionship, dear friend. Much love, hugs and prayers across the pond for you too! xoxo ❤️
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This message breathes hope and comfort, Joy. You explain that holding place so well. It gives such hope that “While we incubate a new way of being, God sits with us, holding us close, giving us His healing solace.” And even though it can be confining and so confusing, God is preparing wings for us to fly more freely. Thank you for this encouragement, my friend! Love and blessings of strength and healing!
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Trudy, it makes me so happy to have given you hope and comfort through this post, and through the words you have highlighted here. I agree that our strange new holding place can be “confining and so confusing” yet God is “preparing wings for us to fly more freely.” A wonderful thought to hold on to! It ties in beautifully with the mission of your blog and the heart desire we share to experience such freedom in our lives. Thank you so much for encouraging me with your comments! May the lovely blessing you’ve shared return to you in abundance, my friend. Love and safe hugs from across the pond! xo ❤
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