“I trust in the Lord
My soul trusts in His word
My soul waits for the Lord
More than sentinels wait for the dawn” (Psalm 130:6)
Docility, St Thomas Aquinas tells us, is one of the integral parts in the discerning task of prudence (deciding the right thing to do). It means knowing how to listen, so that we can be teachable.
Sentinels needed to be docile and ready- ready to listen. Yes for every stir or sound
’round the place of their guard.
And night shift sentinels had an added challenge. Darkness surrounded them. They needed to be still to hear the slightest sounds. They had to be prepared to receive the circumstances around them.
And as the night wore on, they tired as they waited. They longed for those first rays of light on the horizon. The promise that they might see and might be able to find some rest.
Are you awaiting the dawn? Is it hard to be still and to listen with docility? You want to discern the right thing. You shiver until the sun brings some warmth.
How to be like the sentinel? How to stay still in the dark? Do you wait for a reconciliation? A healing, or a place to work and to live? Do you wait to know your vocation? And what God is calling you to do?
Especially when God’s seems to be silent. You wait for the dawn of answered prayer. You stay awake so you’re ready to hear.
And creation tells us the story. We’ve listened to it day after day :
Night time is always over.
And time moves us into the light.
Tested in long times of suffering, we are born children of the day.
He makes all things new.
God bless all you sentinels out there waiting. I join my heart prayers to yours.
I choose to trust in His promises of day. My soul will await the dawn.