Posts Tagged ‘Psalm 142’

The other day I came across a very honest prayer of Thomas Merton that begins ‘My Lord God, I have no idea where I am going.  I do not see the road ahead of me.’  I have prayed that type of prayer many times, particularly since embarking on this whole writing journey of mine.  At one stage some years back, I had a dream where I was lost in a cold, marshy area and could not see even as far as my outstretched hand.  There were tussocks of green grass at my feet, but as I stepped on them, some held firm while others gave way completely and my foot sunk down into the mud and mire.  Then in my dream I heard a kind voice, urging me on, directing me exactly where to put my feet and walk out of the marsh to safety.  ‘Yes, that’s right – just put your foot there.  Now head to the left a little – yes, over this way.  Don’t worry – keep listening to my voice.  I’ll guide you – yes, trust me, it’s safe to put your other foot there.  Now go straight ahead – that’s great!  Put your foot on that green patch – it’s quite safe.  Don’t go either side of it – just stay right in the middle and keep going slowly forward.

In my dream, I listened and obeyed – and at last I found myself safely through the marsh, out of the fog and onto higher ground.  Phew!

I’m sure God was trying to show me that this is exactly what I have to do in ‘real life’ too.  I can forge ahead and trust completely in my own wisdom and strength, but how much safer and more sensible to listen to the voice of the One Who knows and sees everything!  How much better to acknowledge, as King David did in Psalm 142, that God has a way forward for us, whatever is happening in our lives:

When my spirit grows faint within me, it is you who know my way.

Yes, I might have no idea where I’m going, but I’m sure glad God does – and how to get there as well.  And I’m sure glad God loves me enough to bother to give me dreams about exactly that and to see me through those treacherous patches in my life where I could so easily go astray.

How about you?  Had any dreams from God lately?

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