Feeling a little lost and overwhelmed? Without direction?
King Solomon, the wisest man in the world and a man blessed by God, still prayed this prayer upon becoming a leader; “I am only a little child; I do not know how to go out or come in. And your servant is in the midst of the people whom you have chosen, a great people, so numerous they cannot be numbered or counted. Give your servant therefore an understanding mind to govern your people, able to discern between good and evil.” (1 Kings 3:7-9a)
Staying humble and admitting we have NO idea what we are doing and needing to ask for help all too ofton has nothing to do with talent, or ability, or hard work. Its just the way we are called to come before God. Luckily, we see this SAME language about our going out and coming in being guarded and guided by God in other places. That’s the good news. We don’t always have to know where we are going. It might even feel like we are moving backward. Trust. God is with you.
Solomon’s father, King David, when he was in the most challenging period of his life reminded us “the Lord will keep your going out and your coming in from this time on and forevermore.” (Psalm 121:8) Jesus tells us “I am the gate. Whoever enters by me will be saved, and will come in and go out and find pasture” in John 10:9.
Its okay not to know what decision to make or know if you are ‘coming or going’. That may be God calling us like the raging sea in a storm to ‘peace, be still’ and watch God work. In the meantime, as Dory says, “just keep swimming”. (Finding Nemo 1:1)