God never “finishes.” God only continues. The Providence of God is that God keeps, continues, remains, moves ahead, grows, fills. God is always working in our lives, our community of faith, and our hearts.
And, though my sabbatical is “finished”, I am not. Nor God with me. There are still many things, many issues stirring and fermenting within my soul. It’s Life on the Edge: that sense of dangling on the precipice, stepping a little too close to the brink, staring into the Abyss. Ugh.
A colleague friend said today that with God it is always Life on the Edge. That is where God leads us. Spiritually, personally, financially, in almost every way. It’s about trusting in God and letting go our of need for control.
God does not force God’s self on us, though.
“Of all powers, love is the most powerful and the most powerless. It is the most powerful because it alone can conquer that final and most impregnable stronghold which is the human heart. It is the most powerless because it can do nothing except by consent.” (Wishful Thinking: A Theological ABC, Frederick Buechner, pp. 53-4)