Wednesday, September 1, 2010

What Do You Know?

And by this we know that he abides in us,
by the Spirit whom he has given us.

I John 3:24b

When she was driving away from the college, leaving behind her youngest daughter, she cried, “God, will you take care of her?” There was a group of us floating in the same boat, eager to hear if God answered her cry. What she “heard” was a question, “What do you know?” So she began to list all the things that she “knew” about God - God’s character, His provision, His love, His care and with each “knowing” memory her anxiousness began to disappear.

And, from the time I heard God’s question in answer to a question, “What do you know?” a day hasn’t gone by where I haven’t asked it of myself. Daily my list grows longer and longer.

With so many “unknowns” confronting us it’s good to stop and remember what we do know—God abides in us. Whatever is happening in our lives now can often block out the light of what we know to be true from the past. That “issue” niggling at us becomes a distraction and soon we find ourselves stumbling blind. Our fumbling response to these present distractions, hardships, struggles, discouragements can impede our forward progress and prevent us from living vibrant lives in the Kingdom.

“What do you know?” It’s a question that encourages us to stop, take a deep breath, and reacquaint ourselves with the promise …behold, I am with you always, even to the end of the age. (Matthew 28:20)

Jesus, thank you for Your Holy Spirit
that points us always back to You
and the promises that You have kept
throughout all time.

1 comment:

full of hope said...

Today's reflections brings back vivid memories of a time when my daughter was struggling in college over unknowns. I wrote her a letter encouraging her to focus on what she did know about God and then reminded her of the many things that are evident. I hope it encouraged her, but I know that the reminder encouraged me!