Great performers and leaders seem to be able to see what others cannot. History records their decisions with a generous spirit, often minimizing the reaction of those that were living in the reality of their choices. I cannot imagine what it would have been like to walk in Gandhi's wife shoes. Would I have been willing to risk everything for a belief? Would I have sacrificed comfort and assurance for a life lived as an example? Would I have been willing to endure, even when it did not look like things were going to work out?
I cannot imagine what it was like to the partner of a professional athlete. Their obsession at being the best they can be, constant demand and need to work hours when everyone else is taking time out together. How willing would I be to put in the work required for the relationship to continue? Could I handle constant demand from the outside, even with the knowledge that no athlete remains at the top of his or her game forever? Would I be able to see what others could see?
The questions are relevant because you and I are asked to trust the prophets and God. Bluntly, they see things we do not. Even though I think that I believe, I am not sure a fully, completely, and unreservedly trust God's insights.
I am not the first to doubt. It is easy to look from history's perspective and see the truth in “the Moses who said to his congregation, 'God will raise up a prophet just like me from your descendants.'” (Acts 7.37) Yet, if I was part of Moses' audience, would I have been ready to hear and accept his insight?
Yet, doubt does not need to dictate our choices and actions today. Life often makes me pause; yet, decisions and steps need to be made. Uncertainties, fears, and unknowns haunt the strong and the weak. It is in these moments that I recall God's promise. I will send a Spirit to comfort and guide. God's Spirit is with us.
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