A story is told of a man who, in trying to discern a new direction for his life, went to work for several months with Mother Teresa of Calcutta. He thought that being apart from his life and devoting time to something entirely different might help him with his deep questions and doubts about where his life should take him next.
After weeks of serving the sick and dying, the day came when this man finally met Mother Teresa, as he had been hoping to do all along. She asked him how she could pray for him. He replied, “Mother, pray that I will have clarity on what it is God wants me to do with my life,” and then he began sharing about his complex questions and concerns for what lay ahead.
Mother Teresa waited for him to stop talking and then replied, “No, I will not pray for that. I will not pray for you to have clarity. I will pray that you will trust God. I have served Him for many years, and I have never had clarity, but I have trusted Him. That is what you must do.”
In her own way, this simple woman had come to know the art of walking on water with God. She learned that clarity never saved a life; trust is what is needed. Peter learned this as he began to sink within Jesus’ reach. As we all live within the reach of Jesus, we must learn this as well.
The Real Question: Do I insist on fully understanding God before I can trust Him?
Family Talk: What questions do you have about God? Remind your kids that questions and doubts are not bad, they are normal and a part of growing as a person.
ONE in Prayer: God, help me to let go of my need to understand before I put my trust in you. Help me to remember that I live within your reach. Amen.