trust: walking into the unknown with purpose

 

“THE WAY OF TRUST IS A MOVEMENT INTO OBSCURITY,

INTO THE UNDEFINED,

INTO AMBIGUITY…

THE REALITY OF NAKED TRUST IS THE LIFE OF THE PILGRIM

WHO LEAVES WHAT IS NAILED DOWN, OBVIOUS, AND SECURE,

AND WALKS INTO THE UNKNOWN

WITHOUT ANY RATIONAL EXPLANATION TO JUSTIFY THE DECISION

OR GUARANTEE THE FUTURE.

WHY?

BECAUSE GOD HAS SIGNALED THE MOVEMENT

AND OFFERED IT HIS PRESENCE AND HIS PROMISE.” 

~Brennan Manning


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2 thoughts on “trust: walking into the unknown with purpose

  1. And that’s where the glory comes…

    I’m inspired by Henri Nouwen, who left the security of his teaching posts at Harvard and Yale to be a live-in helper with severely handicapped people at L’Arche. God taught him things there, in obscurity, that he could never have found in the exalted places. And we get to share the riches he found…

    Hmm – we think we know how things work – but we don’t. Only God knows how things work best. In all things, He works for good with those who love Him, those who are fitting in with His plans…

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  2. Nick,

    YES!!!!!! Your mention of Nouwen reminds me of my experience moving to Israel in 2006. I was teaching at a community college on the East Coast at the time and lots of people thought I was foolish for leaping into the “unknown” of the Middle East where no “job” awaited when I had a “promising career” in front of me. Of course, a “promising career” will never allure me without Abba’s voice. I much prefer my “promised land” and that is what the Middle East is to me. hahaha. God is so clever.

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