While in God's Grip!
I will sing of your steadfast love, O LORD, forever;
with my mouth I will proclaim your faithfulness to all generations.
I declare that your steadfast love is established forever;
your faithfulness is as firm as the heavens.
~ Psalm 89:1 - 2
This prayer continues to remain an important part of my faith journey. Written by Thomas Merton, I keep a copy of this within my wallet, and often will pull it out to read and reflect upon it at times.
Following in the footsteps of Christ sometimes means that we walk by faith, not by sight. Faith is a choice. It's a choice to trust in God even when the road ahead of us is uncertain.
We don't always know what walking by faith may mean for any of us.
I encounter people walking by faith each day. I hear of journeys that have both times of great joy, and times of great sorrow. Knowing where we are at all times has become so important that every phone we carry seems to be telling us where we are, thanks to GPS. But, the real question we should be asking is, "Where are we being guided in our journey as we walk by faith?"
I love that Merton shares that "I don't know where I will end up," but that "I will trust you."
Those are both things that we as human beings struggle with at times. We always want to know where we are going, but even as I remind patient's that are terminally ill, "You are still on a journey."
Walking in uncertain steps is never easy, but one thing is certain, we never walk alone.
I would like to think that where we end up will be among green meadows and still waters, God's presence can come to us wherever we are.
We may not know where we are being lead this day, but trusting that God knows us, loves us, and is by our side, helps us as we consider the steps we take each day.
Stay in God's grip!
G. Todd Williams (c) 2018
Rev. G. Todd Williams lives in the Houston metro area and is a Hospice Chaplain and ordained Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) pastor.