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Tuesday, 30 October 2018 07:00

Trust turned upside down

trust turned upside down

There is a story of a young man who met Mother Teresa and asked her to pray for him, that he would have clarity regarding a decision that he was making. Sounds reasonable right? I know that I have made many similar prayers in my own life, asking the Lord for clarity as I discern things both large and small.

But Mother Teresa told him that she would not pray for clarity on his behalf. Instead, she told him that clarity was the last thing that he was holding onto, going on to say that she herself, never had clarity, only trust. For me this turns trust upside-down, as it challenges me to see it in a new way.

I think what she might have been trying to communicate to this young man was that at times our desire for clarity can prevent us from taking a step. It can be like we are unable to move forward until everything makes sense and we are sure of what the results of whatever our decision is will be. This kind of clarity is probably impossible to attain, but if we are honest, it is can be what many of us hope for.

At the same time, though, I am fairly sure that Mother Teresa was not advocating against spending time weighing up the pros and cons of the decision to be made through prayer, conversation and other helpful means so that we are able to take a step forward confidently in faith.

As we step out in faith then, we are really leaping into the unknown, unsure what is there to break our fall, but trusting that God has it covered, whether that be with the appearance of a parachute, someone’s arms or a swimming pool.

Mel Edwards