When I was a senior in high school, we were required to read Shakespeare’s Macbeth. For extra credit we could memorize the speech “Tomorrow, and tomorrow and tomorrow”.
The last line of the speech describes life as being full of “sound and fury, signifying nothing”. It occurs to me in the present situation that we are being given the opportunity to evaluate the “sound and fury” with which we surround ourselves. I would suggest that this time of waiting is an occasion for us to evaluate our life’s activities and determine where our priorities lie.
Isaiah 40:31 declares, “those who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.” (italics added)
Habbakuk 2:3 indicates that to receive God’s vision requires that one wait for the vision to be revealed. “For there is still a vision for the appointed time; it speaks of the end and does not lie. If it seems to tarry, wait for it; it will surely come, it will not delay”. (italics added)
There is a time to wait for the presence and power of God to make itself known. It is not in the “sound and fury” that we find the strength to run the race set before us. Rather, we need the times of waiting to be renewed physically and spiritually. It is possible that the sound and fury masks the lessons that God would have us learn.
If we want to discern God’s vision for our lives and for the community of faith, we are required to learn the lesson of waiting. God has vision and purpose which are revealed in God’s time, not ours.
The ancient Greeks had two words for time: Chronos and Kairos. Chronos refers to chronological or sequential time, while Kairos signifies a proper or opportune time for action. While Chronos is quantitative, Kairos has a qualitative, permanent nature. I assure you that God operates in Kairos time not Chronos. We can rant and rave against being told to practice social distancing, and shelter-in-place or we can accept the circumstance in which we find ourselves and, in the waiting, anticipate what God is about in God’s time. We are empowered by God’s strength. We are inspired by God’s vision. We wait in God’s time.