Trust God from the bottom of your heart;
don’t try to figure out everything on your own.
Listen for God’s voice in everything you do, everywhere you go;
he’s the one who will keep you on track.
Don’t assume that you know it all. ~ Proverbs 3:5-6a (The Message)
These are difficult and delicate times that we are walking through together. And? oddly enough, it’s not for the reasons that one would suspect, I think. While the cancellations are disappointing; while the COVID-19 threat seems scary; while my patience is wearing thin of everyone AT HOME (and its ONLY DAY 3!); it’s really none of these that makes the hours tough. It’s really none of these that are giving me trouble sleeping at night or some bouts of slight vertigo by day.
It’s the unknown.
It’s the prevalent comments from our leaders … those supposedly IN the know (?) … that seem to always end with “… from what we know thus far.” Or start with “So far, from what we know about the virus …”
It’s the unknown.
And I just want to – we all just want to – know. We are used to knowing. We are so very, very capable of knowing. If we don’t know an answer, one of us will seek it out, ask, work on it … until we have answer. I mean, hello? WIKIPEDIA.
In my daily practice of this thing called life, I work to turn to my trust over to my higher power, O God do you hear me?, and to take it step-by-ever-loving-step. I work to follow Jesus (when I remember to stop losing my patience and just breathe), and be comfortable in all this unknown. Make no mistake, though, it remains WORK for me.
In addition to the Proverbs verses above, I have verse three of the hymn “Just As I Am,” running through my head:
Just as I am, though tossed about
with many a conflict, many a doubt,
fightings and fears within, without,
O Lamb of God, I come, I come.
This is real, friends.
And right now? we are being called to two primary things, I trust:
- Sitting in the unknown. Working through our discomfort toward some form of peace in that space of the unknown. Or let’s be honest? Maybe we might not get to peace in the unknown … so, maybe we can just acknowledge that it’s hard. And just allowing that to be where we are.
- Helping others in safe, respectful ways to also just sit in the unknown space. That might look like immediate help with food provisions, or sending a card, or calling someone on that awkward, outdated live phone line. It might mean being a little more patient with yourself and your loved ones … today, tomorrow …
I am going to work on that first verse from Proverbs: “Trust God from the bottom of your heart; don’t try to figure out everything on your own.”
I am going to work at the patience part.
I am going to work on being comfortable for this day, this hour … ok for just this moment – not knowing.
And I’ll get back to you on the next moment.
Because, yeah, this is real and this is work.
~ Pastor M.