Saturday, March 29th, 2014 – The Fourth Saturday in Lent
When you’re going into a situation that arouses fear in you, might you trust God to guide you through it?
Even when we well know ‘the right thing’to do in a situation, if it is scary, we need to find some courage to take the action we know to be in alignment with what is right.
Here’s what so often gets in the way of doing the right thing. Rather than trusting we’ll be guided by God, as we navigate a tricky and possible dangerous situation, we might try to go it alone, and try to impose control on an evolving situation. Once we’ve gone to power and control, we’ve totally lost the open and receptive frame of mind, wherein God might be able to steer us through.
Dietrich Bonhoeffer, a brave man if ever there was one, knew the right thing to do in 1939 was not to stay safe in America, where he was teaching, but to return to Germany and to oppose the Nazis. Martin Luther King Jr. knew his life was at risk, yet he persevered in doing the right thing, working towards equal rights for all people.
Where in our own lives might we face some tough choices, between staying ‘safe’ and doing the right thing? If you sense your teenager might be taking drugs, do you stay in denial, and say ‘this cannot be”, or do you take action to get your beloved child into treatment? If you see illegal behavior at work, do you put your head down and stay safe, or do you become a whistle blower, with all the risks?
When you look back over your life, think about the very tough times, when you were navigating a rugged situation, perhaps a health crisis with a parent, or dealing with a loved one’s psychiatric disorder. You felt out of control, unable to solve the problem, and that’s exactly when crying uncle and allowing God to companion you, to direct you, and to comfort you is the healthiest and, surprisingly, the easiest way forward.
Radical trust in God is allowing yourself to be guided through life’s rough spots. You may be unaware that the angels are around you, keeping you safe, as you go forward, handling the scary situation with a calm and an inner knowing you’d not have believed possible.
You may not notice God is there, until long afterwards. It is never too late to say Thank You. As Meister Eckhart, a famous 13th century mystic, wisely said, ‘If the only prayer you said was thank you, that would be enough.”
– Heath Missner