I Have No Idea Where I’m Going

DSCF3079“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 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 that 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 will never leave me to face my perils alone.”

This is Thomas Merton’s prayer, a prayer beloved by many. I love it, too.

I don’t know where I’m going, I don’t know if I’m even following your path. But I’m trying to, and I think my attempts please you, even if I get it wrong. So I’ll trust you, even when I fear you might be getting it wrong. Because no matter what, you’ll never leave me alone.

Life looks pretty darn good when we wander life’s paths with this perspective.

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