As I considered the different readings set down for today the phrase that jumped off the page and hit me was this. “Come away to a deserted place.”
Yet here, little by little, week by week, as we listen to the stories and contemplate their meanings God acts: to remind us of the good news of Jesus Christ; to remind us of whom we are and of whom our neighbours are. And, as we remember these things the Holy Spirit transforms us and inspires us to live as God’s people.
Now you may or may not feel the strength of the power of God in our midst doing these things but that same power that raised Jesus from the tomb flows in and through us in this time and space and every day in our daily lives.
Whilst God can act in miraculous and earth shattering ways more often than not I suspect it is a movement as slow and powerful - as tectonic plates grinding against one another. Or possibly a movement as slow and powerful as an ancient Karri tree, growing over the centuries as it reaches to the sky.
Often trying to detect the power of God in our midst is as difficult as trying to observe these things of the natural world occurring and only rarely is there an earthquake or tsunami of revelation in our midst.
Yet as we listen again and as we open ourselves to that encounter God is at work in us changing us and drawing us closer.