Today’s thought is from Mary.
Some of my earliest memories, from childhood, are of questions I asked and things I said to my parents in total spontaneity. As the years progressed I realised that spontaneity was not always well received and I began to develop layers of (self) protection, eventually becoming a predominantly guarded, reticent, and (probably overly) cautious adult. In recent years I have attempted, sometimes with great difficulty, to unravel these many layers.
With this in mind, I was profoundly affected by what Oswald Chambers had to say in his reading for today from “My Utmost for His Highest” and would just like to share excerpts from the reading, entitled:
“Gracious Uncertainty”. (emphasis mine)
He first quotes 1 John 3:2 ….it has not yet been revealed what we shall be…
Our natural inclination is to be so precise – trying always to forecast accurately what will happen next – that we look upon uncertainty as a bad thing.
…Certainty is the mark of the commonsense life – gracious uncertainty is the mark of the spiritual life. To be certain of God means that we are uncertain in all our ways, not knowing what tomorrow may bring. This is generally expressed with a sigh of sadness, but it should be an expression of breathless expectation. We are uncertain of the next step but we are certain of God. As soon as we abandon ourselves to God and do the task He has placed closest to us, He begins to fill our lives with surprises. When we become simply a promoter or a defender of a particular belief, something within us dies. That is not believing God – it is only believing our belief about Him. Jesus said, “… unless you… become as little children …” (Matthew 18:3) The spiritual life is the life of a child. We are not uncertain of God, just uncertain of what He is going to do next. If our certainty is only in our beliefs, we develop a sense of self-righteousness, become overly critical, and are limited by the view that our beliefs are complete and settled. But when we have the right relationship with God, life is full of spontaneous, joyful uncertainty and expectancy. Jesus said, “… believe also in Me” (John 14:1), not “Believe certain things about Me.” Leave everything to Him and it will be gloriously and graciously uncertain how He will come in but you can be certain that He will come. Remain faithful to Him.