Bishop Karen Oliveto's Weekly Message (8/12/23)

August 12, 2023
 am praying for the laity and clergy of the Mountain Sky Conference as we prepare our hearts to come together for worship.
The other day, I watched someone switch grocery checkout lines not once, not twice, but four times as they sought the quickest one. The individual was clearly agitated that they actually had to wait to check out. Watching this person dart from line to line, I realized that we have become a world that thrives on instant gratification. The concept of waiting seems foreign and patience, an overlooked virtue.
These days, I am embracing slowing down and relearning patience. Throughout the summer, I have been using this scripture as a daily breath prayer: “They that wait on the Lord shall renew their strength.” (Isaiah 40:31)
I am discovering that patience can be a transformative force and waiting is not a passive act. It is a deliberate choice to remain steadfast and hopeful in the face of things beyond our control. Waiting is no longer a waste of time for me, but an opportunity for growth, greater resilience, and wisdom.
Through this, I am looking at my to-do list in new ways. I don’t need to run from meeting to meeting in order to “Get. Things. Done.” I am asking myself, “Is my timeline aligned with God’s timing?” Creativity increases, endurance strengthens, and anxiety lessens. To top it off, there is greater joy in the journey!
“They that wait on the Lord shall renew their strength.” May you rediscover the gifts that come with patience.
With love,
Bishop Karen