Lesson four – 'you are not in control', well, before the outbreak of the virus we were, we had diaries, places to go, people to see, work colleagues to confer with, social activities planned, fitness classes. Suddenly this control was taken from us.
‘Learning that we are not in control situates us correctly in the universe. If we are to feel at home in this world, we have to know we are not steering the ship.’ Richard Rhor
I remember a story of a little boy who found God’s machine that controlled the weather, at first he thought this was wonderful, then all sorts of pressures grew, one neighbour wanted wind to dry her washing, another sun so she could sunbathe, some people thought the temperature too hot, others too cool. Eventually the little boy handed back the weather machine to God and felt a lot happier. There is a lesson in this story that we should not try and seek to control our lives but ask how we can serve others in the situation we find ourselves in.
Many of us are finding that this is the use of the telephone, of social media (but please only forward or share things that have a reputable source, and certainly not scare stories), of letter and card writing, contact by email and for some Zoom! Reaching out to other isolated folk just like us. Those who are not shielding themselves can of course serve their neighbours in the practical things of life, getting food and medicine.
A lot of us are noticing nature a little more on our walks or in our gardens, things that are growing that we enjoy and yet do not control. The stories of creation are a reminder that God made the world, the story of the tower of Babel reminds we are not to reach for control.
As we offer our gifts to God and in the communion service we say; ‘All things come from God, of your own do we give you’
We are giving back to the giving and Gracious God. Let us as it were relax in God knowing, ‘All shall be well, and all shall be well, and all manner of things shall be well.’ Julian of Norwich