Lost & Found. In My World

The other day Nigel Goodwin quipped, “I think God is more interested in the Q than the A.”

I find comfort in that, because I’ve always nurtured more questions than answers. This morning my propensity and Nigel’s quip found a kindred spirit in John Baillie’s diary of daily prayers. Tucked away in the reading for the 20th is this scrumptious phrase. “Oh Lord when Thou callest me to go through a dark valley let me not persuade myself that I know my way around.” Are you comforted to know that the devoted follower of Jesus does not always move with certitude, but is required at times (for many of us most of the time) to live by faith, “not knowing our way around?”

Think of an artist who longs for a picturesque painterly landscaped place or the Wordsworthian poet seeking the same but instead, each is born and works, not on a rugged, artist-inspiring Monhegan Island or Isle of Wight, but instead in some urban jungle.

“In My World,” a poem by the brilliant writer Steve Turner says it all:

In my world
I would write
of golden suns
if it weren’t
for the obsuring clouds.
I would write
of the wind-bent grass
but all the fields
are tarmacked
& multistory.
Instead I’ll be
an urban Wordsworth
writing of
reinforced concrete landscapes
& clearbrown skies
to wander lonely as a cloud
is just not advisable
after dark.

And so today, if though found in Jesus, you feel lost in this world, pray, “Oh Lord when Thou callest me to go through a dark valley let me not persuade myself that I know my way around.” And recall the words of C.S. Lewis, “If I find in myself a desire which no experience in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that I was made for another world.”

Yours for the pursuit of God in the company of friends, Dick Staub.

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