Something Is Happening Here But You Don’t know What It Is…

May be an image of ocean, beach and sky

Bob Dylan songs were part of my formative years. ‘Blowing in the wind’ was one of the first songs I could play on the guitar; I knew all the words to all the verses of ‘Mr Tambourine Man’. ‘Forever Young’ is still one of my all-time favourites…

Yesterday I was reminded of the old Dylan song-line: ‘…something is happening here, but you don’t know what it is. Do you, Mister Jones?’

Sometimes we only see part of a story… The bin had been put out and emptied. Grand-daughter Hannah brought it back in the garden. There was something in the bottom of the bin… a dead guinea-pig was discovered. Something happened… how guinea-pig got there remains a mystery.

Sometimes we stand back, not wanting to be involved… I walked along the sea front this morning; there were four different groups of people assembling to swim in the cold January sea. Something was happening but not for me thank you.

Sometimes we’re in the middle of a story… Neal our minister is leaving our church at the end of February. We don’t know how the future will work out either organisationally ‘what’s-going-to-happen-next?’ or spiritually ‘where’s-our-God-leading-us?’ Something is happening, but we don’t know what…

Sometimes we just don’t understand… George is in hospital. He’s been unwell for some time. Yesterday I heard that he told his family that he’d visited a Chinese restaurant in the hospital basement; there was some tale about visiting an Indian restaurant… Something is happening in George’s mind but I don’t know what it is…

I’m reading of Joseph and his brothers… As the story progresses the final conclusion is unpredictable. I like the words of the prophet Isaiah: ‘I will wait for the Lord, who is hiding his face from the house of Jacob. I will put my trust in him.’ (8:17) Something is happening and I don’t know what it is… In the meantime I will wait; I will trust my God.

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