Unfamiliar territory

Judges 14: 20-15: 20: Then he found a fresh jawbone of a donkey, reached down and took it, and with it he killed a thousand men.
Some feel that use of the internet over printed resources has its costs. As one writer said, “What we have gained in precision we have lost in exploration.” He went on to say, “The internet cannot match print media in bringing you information you didn’t know that you didn’t know.”
In our relationship with God, we prefer certainty and clear guidance, and we become uncomfortable when God leads us to explore unfamiliar territory. We have even learned to interpret signs according to our own will instead of embracing mystery and exploration. We read about Samson’s finding a handy jawbone of a donkey and using it to kill a thousand people. Our psyches lead us to believe that God gives us weapons against our enemies, and that we are to use those “God-given” means to harm others.
But if we allow God to take us to unfamiliar ground instead of rationalizing our own desires, we find that God gives true, loving gifts, not weapons. God gives us patience to be present with others, forgiveness to prepare us to forgive those who hurt us, loving kindness to help other people heal instead of striking back. Those means of seeking God are right there, waiting for us to let go of our certainty long enough to pick them up.
There’s no telling what we might find if we admit we don’t know what we don’t know.
Psalm 102; Acts 7:17-29; John 4: 43-54
Copyright 2017 by Carol Mead. For noncommercial use and sharing only. For more information on this ministry, and on a free subscription to these meditations, please go to the website (www.holyordinary.com).

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