“It was by faith that Abraham obeyed when 6od called him to leave home and go to another land that God would give him as his inheritance.
He went without knowing where he was going”
(Hebrews 11:8 NLT).
John Kavanaugh visited Calcutta for a few months and served the poor in the Home for the Dying Destitutes, along with Mother Theresa. One day, when John went to see Mother Theresa, she asked him what she could do for him. John asked her to pray for God to give him clarity. Surprisingly, Mother Theresa refused and told him that clarity was the last idol he was clinging to and he had to let go of it. When John told her he thought she had the clarity he longed for, Mother Theresa smiled and answered, “I have never had clarity; what I have always had is trust in God. So I will pray that you also trust God.” There is nothing wrong with asking God to lead us and give us wisdom. However,
it is also important to understand that there will always be a certain level of uncertainty in our lives. Walking with God implies accepting that not everything can be explained and much less controlled. It implies coexisting with an irreducible mystery. Author Shelly Miller describes it with these words: “Uncertainty reminds us that God lives in mystery. His ways are hardly ever direct. Wandering is a required task, because we first have to know we are loved. And believing in God’s love doesn’t always go in a straight line” (as quoted in Back Po0ds to Belonging, by Kristen Strong).
We have a far greater need of trusting God and the process than of having information or clarity.
God does not choose the shortest, most direct or most understandable path, instead He chooses the best one. The path that will more fully reveal His love. Even so, there will be delays and uncertainty. There will be painful losses and unfathomable mysteries. Only God will be able to answer certain questions satisfactorily (see Revelation 21:4). In the meantime, what we need is faith. We must trust in Him who has overcome the world (John 16:33) and keep on moving forward by faith, not by sight.
Dear Lord, when I am desperate to receive answers, to understand
and control everything that happens to me, help me to trust.
When mystery and grief enshroud me in their cloak of darkness,
give me faith. then distress and despair whisper that You have
forgotten me, hold me close. More than just understanding,