First select any one area of activity in the church and when it looks like whatever it is might not happen because someone hasn't turned up or has forgotten to do something. Once under way (or rather not) smile and standing back, watch what happens; for usually a few distinct groups will appear:
Absenting Folk - Who somehow manage to vanish before you've even looked up Just like the man upon the stairs - they're never there!
Tutting Folk - Who, as the name suggests, 'tut' that someone has failed to do whatever it was they were supposed to do. You'll never find them being tutted at for failing to do something they were supposed to do - often because they don't do anything!
Consuming Folk - Who come and seeing there's nothing for them to come to, leave (often mumbling about what a poor show it is that it's not happening, after all, they've been coming for years and it's 'always' happened)!
Flapping Folk - Who panic because something that apparently no one wants to do isn't happening.
If the area under scrutiny is something that's happened for years, you'll get to meet:
Traditional Folk - Who will tell you that ever since Jesus as walked the earth, St. Bumbles weekly old folk's scone and knackwurst tea dance has happened! Even through the wars!
To not happen is unthinkable - 'someone must should do it," they cry.
This is the question
for if all we are to do is to 'Be' with God
rather than 'do' with and for Him
- and there are too many who do too much and rest in Christ too little
- but if perhaps some of those who are excelling in the 'Be' areas of the Christian life
might just come and add their weight to the plough
then the furrows would be straighter
and the harvest would be bigger
and then we'd have more to celebrate
and so we could sit back
and rest in God
as more people came into the Kingdom
having done nothing but love God for a while,
got up and added their weight to the plough
so that in the end there would be so many of us doing stuff
that we all be doing nothing!
And then we could look at what Jesus paid
and see that from the paucity of our little faith
we have achieved much in the world for,
and with Him
who is the Saviour of the world!
Anyone willing to join me sow the seeds for the next harvest and reap the harvest that demands our attention today?
And the title? When I asked the person who was complaining that the service didn't happen those were the words they used:
'I'm not impatient - I waited ages... but no one came or did anything!
So I left'