Monday, 10 October 2016

Looking for one more sign?

Judges 6:39
Then Gideon said to God, “Do not let your anger burn against me, let me speak one more time; let me, please, make trial with the fleece just once more; let it be dry only on the fleece, and on all the ground let there be dew.”

Sometimes...
Often...
We need one more sign
One more word of reassurance
One more affirmation
One more marker by which to gauge 
the evidence of God at work
It's not so much
that we are unconvinced
by the evidence all around.
Its not that we doubt the presence
and the leading of God.
But we question our own preparedness
our own competence
our own suitability
for the task that lies ahead.
We know that God is faithful.
The question is: are we?
Are we up to the task
of stepping into the unknown
ill-equipped
under-resourced
inexperienced?
And if, by some amazing quirk
others should journey with us,
can we keep our nerve,
remain resolute along the way?
Are we able 
to keep on discerning
and to follow the prompts revealed?
Are we able to bear the burden
of those who will grumble
when we cannot chart the territory
or the fear of those
who see no need to change direction
or the scorn of those for whom
the old ways are working just fine?
Do we have the resilience it will take
to weather the saboteurs
not least the doubts and fears within us
that whisper that we're not fit for the journey?
May the God of infinite wisdom and patience
give us one more sign
against all the odds
that we are called to this journey now
in faith
in hope
and in love.
We are called 
to step out
with the God of mission
who maps out a new path
and call us
to journey alongside
and who grounds and resources us
from the depths
showing us in ancient stories
the way
to God's promised future
one step, one sign at a time.


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