Musings From The Manse

Musings From The Manse

A reflection for these days of a church in Lockdown.

These days are odd, aren’t they?

I love May! It’s my favourite month of the year, as spring progresses and breaks into Summer, as the days lengthen approaching the mid point of the year, and as warmth builds. But this year it seems harder to pinpoint the days as each one blends into another with little to mark then out as distinct. Our diaries are emptied, our to-do lists cast aside.

I’m still working, but keeping track of the days is hard, and I find myself panicking that I’ve missed a 10 am zoom meeting, only to discover that I have the days wrong. I’m not short of things to do though, boredom isn’t something familiar to me in Lockdown! I am finding it hard though that I can’t go further afield than my daily dog walk! Usually by this time of year I have been able to enjoy a couple of days out in the hills, it’s been tough in these last few weeks of glorious weather where the clouds have been high enough to see the high hills on the edges of the highlands, Ben Ledi in Callander, Ben Vorlich and Stuc a’Chroin on the south side of Loch Earn and in between the imposing peaks of Ben More and Stob Binnean at Crianlarich. They’ve been visible from my bedroom window each morning, and from the foreshore or Kinneil estate on my evening walks. It’s as though they are taunting me with their  presence, there on the horizon, seemingly close, and yet out with my reach in Lockdown. I have to be content in the knowledge that they will still be there once the restrictions are lifted and patiently wait … finding other things to occupy my down time in the meantime!

And as I’m sure most of us would agree, waiting is hard!

We wait for a bus, we wait for news, we wait for a birth, life is full of waiting…

But how we wait is important. Are we waiting impatiently? Tapping our feet, huffing and puffing? Or are we waiting patiently, contemplating and pondering what might come, and alert to what is happening within us and around us while we wait?

Scripture is full of references to waiting on God. One of the things we learn about God is that God is not one for acting quickly to bring about God’s promises. Abraham waited until he was an old man for the son that God had promised him, Israel waited 40 years in the desert before she entered the Promised Land, and there are many more occasions where God makes people wait… but of one thing we can be sure, while they are waiting, God is at work!

While they wait, God is changing them, transforming them, their attitudes, and their circumstances.

How might God be using this season of waiting in your life?

What is this period of waiting and Lockdown preparing you for?

What is God teaching you in the midst of it?


It is in you that we live and move and have our being,

Open our eyes to the ways that you are using this time in our lives,

Teaching us what matters,

Encouraging our gratefulness, and preparing us for the work to which you are calling us.

May we sense you beside us,

Encouraging and guiding us,

And leading us through this mapless land,

Into whatever comes next.

And may we find rest in you. 



Old Kirk