Clarity or The Way?

Have you ever wished for an email from God? You know, one that will clearly spell out what you’re supposed to do. I do that all the time. Years ago when I was job hunting I wanted (this was in the “olden” days) a fax from God explaining God’s plan and purpose for me. When I have a decision to make, I want so desperately to hear from God and have God make it utterly simple and concise.

Emily P. Freeman, in her new book “Simply Tuesday – Small-Moment Living in a Fast-Moving World” talks about this need for clarity. She hits the nail on the head for me when she writes that clarity is just another word for control. “When I say I want clarity, what I mean is I want to have a peaceful feeling about this decision. I want to know that right answer, to know I’m making the right choice.” Yep. That’s what I want.

But Freeman makes a great case that if we have clarity, what do we need faith for? Walking by faith leaves us to accept that we don’t and won’t know why things happen the way they do. “Faith means trusting God in the midst of misunderstanding and lack of clarity.” Because, maybe “I’m worshipping control and clarity rather than Christ.”

Jesus is the Way. The Way is a person not a clear plan for life. When we let go of our need for clarity we’re left with nothing but Jesus. May we long for nothing else but Jesus and perhaps then the Way will become clear.

Happy Labor Day weekend! We’ll be looking for you tomorrow at 9:00 or 10:30 a.m. Together we can confess our need for clarity and move toward connecting with Jesus, who is our Way.

Grace and peace,

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