"By faith Moses' parents hid him for three months after he was born, because they saw he was no ordinary child, and they were not afraid of the king's edict."
~ Hebrews 11: 23
Last year stories of mothers and fathers packing a few belongings and pointed children north, were becoming common. From Central and South America, children by the hundreds were being given instructions to head to America.
The stories of what happened with many of these children are as many as the number that attempted to make it to a new land. A new place, where their lives might be much different.
Throughout time there have been mothers and fathers who have trusted God with the lives of their children, and have placed them in baskets, on trains, and on pathways, in hope that God would protect and provide a better place.
Our world is a place where ambiguity beckons wanderers to step out, and to seek a place where things and ways of life, are different.
It is hard to remain faithful when we discover that our minds are unable to remain clear.
Our hearts and minds desire clarity. We like to have a clear picture of a situation, a clear view of how things fit together, and a clear insight into our own and the world's problems.
But like so many things in this world, our life doesn't always offer the clarity we are looking for. We find that there are borders that are created. Borders between hate and love, good and evil, neglect and care, old and young, those that are guilty and those who are blameless. There are heroes and people who are cowards. There are rich and poor. All of this combined makes for a world that is filled with ambiguity, and makes decisions, and for that matter, our ability to discern what decisions even need to be made a difficult undertaking.
Each of us are children of God, created in a way, that God, like many mothers and fathers, God prepares us for our journey, and points the way. The story is the same for each of us, we have to learn to make the right choices, while not being entirely sure, will lead us faithfully to where we need to be.
Stay in God's grip!
G. Todd Williams (c) 2017
Dear God, help us to discern Your way, and what You desire for each of us, while living in a world that is full of ambiguity. Amen.
Rev. G. Todd Williams lives in the Houston metro area and is a Hospice Chaplain at Essential Hospice, Webster, Texas, and is an ordained Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) pastor.