A Prayer for a Hopeful Vision

We’ve developed a bad habit of praying for clarity.

We want to know the plan before we agree to it, but we’re beginning to understand that’s not really how You roll.

You never promised clarity.

You told Abraham to leave his country, his people, and his father’s household, but you didn’t tell him exactly where he was going.

You told Moses to lead the people out of Egypt, but You didn’t give him a five-week plan.

You told Mary she would have a Son and call His name Jesus, but she wasn’t offered assurance of His safety or guarantees that her life would go smoothly.

You are not a God who offers clear steps.

But you invited Abraham outside and told him to look up at the stars, so shall your offspring be.

You gave Moses a vision of a Promised Land flowing with milk and honey.

You whispered salvation for the whole world in Mary’s ear.

No, You never promised clarity. But You always gave a hopeful vision. And You always promise presence.

I will go with you wherever you go. Do not be afraid.

We ask today for a hopeful vision of the future even while we sit with question marks.

Thank You for never leaving us alone.