There are years that ask questions and years that answer.
Zora Neale Hurston, Their Eyes Were Watching God
I came across these words this morning and they stopped me.
Last year was, for me, a year of unexpected answers and richness, yet from where I stood at the beginning I had no inkling of what the year would bring. Likewise, I sit here this quiet morning wondering if questions or answers will reign in this year.
So precious are those years with answers; so frightening the thought of a year with none. Yet even in the questioning there is blessing as my faith is strengthened in the darkness of unknowing.
And isn’t that the goal after all?
We are not necessarily doubting that God will do the best for us; we are wondering how painful the best will turn out to be.
C. S. Lewis
I’d rather (so much rather) that 2018 be a year with more answers but, if not, I can trust that I will be carried through whatever comes and that I will be changed by it.
For several year’s Zora Neale Huston’s book was part of the curriculum for my sophomore literature students at the college. I don’t remember this quote, so thank you for drawing it out here.
Last year was a doozy. I’m not sure about the question-answer ratio for this year, but I know Who holds my hand. Thank you for the enlightenment here, Linda.
Yes indeed, knowing the One who holds our hand makes all the difference. Still, hoping for answers years for both of us.
So true. As our pastor asked today…am I forging ahead under my own steam asking God to bless my plan so that I can create my story. Or am I thanking Him daily that He has written me into His story and asking Him to reveal it, come what may. Thanks, Linda.
Such a good reminder from your pastor, Judy.