Tuesday, 7 September 2010


When the brilliant ethicist John Kavanaugh went to work for three months at "the house of the dying" in Calcutta, he was seeking a clear answer as to how best to spend the rest of his life. On the first morning there he met Mother Teresa. She asked, "And what can I do for you?"

Kavanaugh asked her to pray for him. "What do you want me to pray for?" she asked.

He voiced the request that he had borne thousands of miles from the United States: "Pray that I have clarity."

She said firmly, "No, I will not do that."

When he asked her why, she said, "Clarity is the last thing you are clinging to and must let go of."

When Kavanaugh commented that she always seemed to have the clarity he longed for, she laughed and said, "I have never had clarity; what I have always had is trust. So I will pray that you trust God."

Brennan Manning, Ruthless Trust (HarperCollins, 2000)

I have felt that this is such a pertinent story to where we find ourselves. We would love to have every "i" dotted and every "t" crossed, but the Lord wants us to walk into the unknown without clarity but with absolute trust.


1 comment:

  1. So true Sean - we just don't know what this life is going to throw at us - the school of hard knocks doesn't close over the summer etc. But we can continually trust in His faithfulness.