NAVIGATING UNCERTAINTIES

On this Wednesday of Holy Week, it might be good to reflect how far we have come on our Lenten journey. Consider where we were last year at this time – finding our way in a global pandemic landscape, unable to celebrate Easter at church – we have come a great distance figuratively (even if we haven’t been able to travel anywhere!)

Our churches may be open for worship this Easter with social distancing in full force, but uncertainties continue to cloud the horizon. As we prepare to enter the Easter Triduum of Holy Thursday through Easter Sunday, imagine how the disciples must have felt when Jesus was taken to be crucified. Uncertain, fearful, wondering what the future holds.

Sound familiar?

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding;in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.” Proverbs 3:5-6

Sometimes God’s guidance leads us through circuitous paths beyond our understanding, and sometimes we lead ourselves off the beaten path. We may wonder what the heck we’re doing, where we’re going. The most important thing to do in times of uncertainty is PRAY – and recognize God is with us wherever we are, and wherever we go.

As a Thomas Merton groupie I’ve carried this prayer of his with me for years, pulling it out during challenging times of anxious uncertainties. May it bless you today…

“My Lord God, I have no idea where I am going. I do not see the road ahead of me. I cannot know for certain where it will end. Nor do I really know myself, and the fact that I think that I am following your will does not mean that I am actually doing so. But I believe that the desire to please you does in fact please you. And I hope I have that desire in all that I am doing. I hope that I will never do anything apart from that desire. And I know that if I do this you will lead me by the right road though I may know nothing about it. Therefore will I trust you always though I may seem to be lost and in the shadow of death. I will not fear, for you are ever with me, and you will never leave me to face my perils alone.” Thomas Merton

grace, peace & PRAYER  

Virginia : )

Photos: Butchart Gardens (BC) CANADA

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12 Responses to NAVIGATING UNCERTAINTIES

  1. Cindy Kranich says:

    Love this prescription—“ The most important thing to do in times of uncertainty is PRAY – and recognize God is with us wherever we are, and wherever we go.” Had a chance to practice this today while encountering a flat tire on the way to work. I prayed and thanked God for His presence with me and didn’t freak out and now have the chance to ponder your blog while waiting for shuttle to the office. God is so good!!

    • Virginia says:

      So sorry to hear about your flat tire, yikes sis! 😱 That’s SO FRUSTRATING! 😱Grateful God granted you extra doses of peace. It’s amazing how thanksgiving & gratitude can flip our attitude- remember Papa every morning? He always started by thanking God… Much much much LOVE & hugs! 🌸🤗🌸
      p.s. Hope your tire will behave!

  2. Debbie says:

    I love Merton’s quote and will have to come back and print it out when I get a minute — thank you, Virginia!!

    • Virginia says:

      That’s a favorite quote, Debbie. I carried it around on a card for years, putting it up on bulletin boards & stashing it as a bookmark in daily devotionals (where it would be seen daily!) Hope it blesses you, too! 🌸🤗🌸🙏🌸

  3. TMH says:

    The photos from Butchart Gardens are appreciated, V, but I’d really rather you supply some legal way for us to visit BC…and perhaps stay there for a decade or two.

  4. Everything is just a prayer away. 🙏❤️
    Great reminder today.

  5. meaningful read for me-thank you.

    • Virginia says:

      Michele, that’s one of my favorite prayers from Thomas Merton. I referred to it many (many) times when I was young, but find it just as relevant today for older me. Easter blessings to you @ the Rabbitpatch! ✨🌸🤗🌸✨

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