I am surrounded by them. They have conviction, strength. I met a man recently who had helped me years ago in my academic career – been quite pivotal in fact. If anyone is filled with the Holy Spirit, it is this man. He is full of energy at a time when many of his age are confined to home and reducing their horizons. He speaks with a clarity of thought which comes from knowing what God wants of him. Knowing that he will be shown. His contributions to other people’s lives and wellbeing make my tiny efforts puny and insignificant. And when it comes to me, I question whether what I do is for God for for me. Not this man. A giant of conviction. Tenacious, sure where his beliefs take him. Of course what we don’t see is his prayer life, his conversations with God. Perhaps this man, too, has endless doubts and anxieties about doing what God wants – but to the rest of us, he is a beacon.

Wait, he says, and pray. Wait to see where God takes you. Not in your time-frame, but in God’s.