What was happening in this space was life-forming in darkness. A new Creation, one not-known, unseen, the merest stirring of something new. No scans for Mary! Nothing but waiting. What had she said ‘yes’ to? What would this new life be like (and even when it came and for many years to come it would be no more unique than any other life-form). Our saying ‘yes’ to God can only be done in faith and trust without any certainty as to what exactly we have said yes to. Hindsight is never given in advance… We must wait, as Eliot said, without hope … without thought and when those come, which they must, we must learn to set them aside for, what is important, what is essential, is that the darkness shall be the light, and the stillness the dancing. This seemingly pointless waiting is the space in which God is creating. It is that point between God and Man of apparent nothingness, that vacuum which must abhor intrusion for it is that still-dark formless time before the new-first light-filled day.
Yet one longs for that day to come, quickly. O Come, O Come! Our human nature abhors this vacuum – only Grace can fill this emptiness.
Hail, full of Grace, the Lord is with you!
This waiting-space is to be grace-filled by the One who has invited us to say our fiat.