Clarity Versus Trust

Tuesday, May 26, 2015 7:50:00 AM Categories: Leadership
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How many times have you said to yourself, “If I only had clarity… then I would move forward.”  “Is this the right thing to do?”  “Am I in God’s will?”

There’s a scene in the movie Bruce Almighty where Bruce is driving down the road, begging God for a sign. As he prays, we see physical road signs like, “Caution Ahead,” “Wrong Way,” “Stop,” and “Dead End.” I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve wished God would send me a physical road sign to tell me which way I should go. Should I stop? Should I take a right? Maybe a left?

Typically, though, God doesn’t work that way. That type of clear vision only comes when trusting God. And honestly, we usually don’t have clarity until we’re looking back at a decision already made or a move already taken.

There’s a great story related by Brennan Manning concerning Mother Theresa. He tells how the renowned ethicist, Jack Kavanaugh, journeyed to Calcutta to work with Mother Teresa in her ministry to the dying. When he got there, he asked her to pray for him.

She asked what he wanted her to pray for, and he said, “Clarity.” But Mother Teresa refused. She made the wise observation that Kavanaugh was clinging to clarity and that he must release it. He questioned her, saying that she always seemed to have tremendous clarity.

She laughed. “I’ve never had clarity. What I’ve had is trust. So I will pray that you trust God.”

Interesting, isn’t it? I’d be willing to bet that some of you are praying for clarity these days, too.

God, how much longer will this go on?
God, will things get better?
God, give me a sign of what we should do!

Maybe what you need isn’t more clarity. Maybe what you need is more trust.

Pete Wilson is the founding pastor of Cross Point Church in Nashville, TN and author of a new book entitled Plan B, his thoughts about what to do when life doesn’t turn out the way you thought it would. He is a frequent blogger on his popular ministry blog, Pete is married and has three sons.