Monday, May 4, 2015


I read this week a story about a man who went to work in India with Mother Theresa.  He went to her one day to ask her to pray for him.  "What do you want me to pray for?" she asked.  He responded, "I want clarity in my life."  She refused his request.  She preceded to tell him that in all her years of working with the lepers, she never had clarity.  She only knew to trust in God.  And that is what she would pray for him.

I've prayed that prayer before.  I've asked for clarity.  That's kind of like asking to know on what day you will die.  Then you plan around it.  Can you imagine if Abraham had asked for clarity?  "Lord, I know you've told me that you'll make of me a great nation, but just where am I to go?"  Instead, God just told him to go and He would show him.

God tells us to just hold His hand.  We don't know what way the road will take us.  He never said it would be easy.  He never said we wouldn't receive some scars along the way.  He did say He would never leave us.

I love an old hymn we hardly ever sing these days.  But the words of the chorus go like this.

Trust and obey,
For there's no other way
To be happy in Jesus,
But to trust and obey.