I like to think of God sometimes as a sudden God, a God who appears before us when we most need a healing touch, a God of brilliant light who illuminates our darkness. God is not hesitant. God is not slow. God is sudden. And suddenly, we are experiencing newness of life.
It’s what we need the most as we travel on this earthly journey. Newness of life when we feel abandoned. Newness of life when we feel alone. Newness of life when we feel that we have lost everything of worth.
This sudden God hears our cries from our life wilderness, touches us gently, and sees our trouble. We are human. We hold on to wounds. We carry burdens. But always, we wait for the sudden God.
And we find that God through prayer. Whether we pray with our own words or pray the prayers others have written, it takes just seconds to utter a simple prayer. But its influence on our hearts is permanent. Rabbi Naomi Levy says, “A moment on our lips is a lifetime on our souls.” A simple prayer can change every part of us. It can heal us and give us new life. It can open our lives to a sudden God who is with us instantly.
Yes, at times we find that we must wait for God patiently. But at other times God is a sudden God, a God who surprises us with his immediate presence,
O Thou sudden God, generous in mercy, quickener of new life, giver of new love, we place our trust in you. For you have touched us gently and seen our trouble.
You have woven our pain into patterns of hope.
The wounds we held on to, you have turned into new life.
The burdens we carried, you have turned into new beginnings.
To you, God of great mercy . . . To you, God of amazing love . . .
We give thanks. For you have touched us gently, and we have lived again.