by Revd Martijn Mugge
I don’t know about you, but for me, waiting has never been my strongest point. Sadly, it has become a shared experience ever since the lockdowns started; and we’ve all coped with it differently. For some it has brought new hobbies, new skills and even new friends. For the majority, however, it has been painful, with loss, anxiety and boredom.
With the vaccine providing light at the at the end of the tunnel, the question now is how to wait well, especially when we are not out of the woods just yet.
Many will encourage you to look after your physical and emotional wellbeing, and rightly so: eat well, exercise regularly, maintain healthy routines, and keep your mind stimulated if you can. But what about your spiritual wellbeing?
Waiting gives us time to reflect. So how are you doing spiritually? How are you coping? Jesus said ‘Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.’ (Matthew 11:28). This is something we can all do whilst waiting: offload your burdens onto Jesus, who gladly receives them. If the last few months have left you lonely and anxious, or tired and bored, then come to Jesus and he will give you rest. Why? Because he loves you and cares about you.
But there is something else we can all do for our wellbeing, and that is to prepare ourselves for heaven. You see, the vaccine might save you from Covid, but can it stop death altogether? One day you and I will face our maker and the question is ‘are you ready, or are you not sure?’ God wants you to be ready, not by bettering yourself or becoming religious, but simply by getting to know His Son Jesus and giving your life to him.
And if you are ‘not sure’ or you are in need of spiritual encouragement, then during this time of waiting, join us on Facebook (@StPetersConi) or YouTube (St Peters Coni Livestream) at 10am Monday to Thursday for our ‘Messages of Hope’, or 10.30am on Sundays.
I look forward to welcoming you.