Active Waiting

Henry Nouwen writes that there is no such thing as "passivity" in the Bible. The people we read about in the Bible who must wait (and there are many)... 

know that what they are waiting for is growing from the ground on which they are standing. That's the secret. The secret of waiting is the faith that the seed has been planted, that something has begun. Active waiting means to be present fully to the moment, in the conviction that something is happening where you are, and that you want to be present to it. A waiting person is someone who is present to the moment, who believes that this moment is the moment. ("Being Alert to God's Presence in Our Lives," Weavings, January 1987)

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