Considering the amount of change we have undergone in our Canterbury region over the past decade, one might expect that the nature of the “practice-makes-perfect” rule might have conditioned us to manage change with ease. However, amidst our current Covid environment, the near-daily changes to restrictions and requirements can feel somewhat tumultuous at times, and can take its toll on our sense of stability.
It is amidst this type of difficulty that Jesus invites us to sit in the eye of the storm, the calm place at the centre of the storm, to immerse ourselves in him and find peace and stillness despite the swirling gales that persist around us.
To find that relief from the harrowing winds does not happen by chance but takes effort and resolve on our part. But as we do our part in responding to Jesus’ invitation and allow his Holy Spirit to lead us, God’s generosity always outweighs our own offering. The eye of the storm is our safe haven, our place of replenishment and transformation.
Hardship has its own unique way of forming character like nothing else. Perhaps during this time, God is drawing us to something new personally and as a people and shaping us to better reflect our God. As we immerse ourselves in Jesus, we might consider: “Is God inviting me to something new? Where do I feel God leading me personally during this time? Where am I being invited to grow spiritually?”
James 4:8 reminds us: “Draw near to God, and God will draw near to you.” Try sitting with a reading of the day or spend time in conversation about the things of the day. As we commune with God in the eye of the storm, we can’t help but be touched by His holiness and might then naturally share His goodness as we engage our world: touching heaven, changing earth.
Pastoral worker at Cathedral Parish and Spiritual Director
On behalf of the Christchurch Diocesan Spiritual Directors Group, Whakakōngo o te Ngakau: The Yearning Heart