The results are in God’s hands—AA Slogan
Understanding Your leading is not always difficult.
You are crystal clear about so many things—
About honesty, fidelity, and caring for others.
With these, it impossible to misunderstand Your will,
But most of life isn’t this simple—
Nor is Your will that easy to discern.
It is not always crystal clear—
Not black and white—the way I wish it would like be.
Instead, it’s various hues of gray, making choices perplexing.
It seems like I am never clear about Your direction,
And yet You expect me to follow You blindly,
Putting my trust in You without reservation.
As I try to discern Your leading, I have been forced
To step out in faith and be bold many times,
Without any idea of what was ahead for me,
Or of what the results of my actions would be.
Nothing ever seems to end the way I think it should
Or the way I thought it would, forcing me to wonder
If I have understood You accurately. I wonder
If have I done nothing more than project my desires,
Calling them Your leading, when they really were not.
As I walk by faith, I rarely receive the answers I expect,
Which You could disclose to me but never seem to do.
I look at my situation, demanding to know the outcome,
While You already knowing what that will be.
Your ways are beyond my ability to discern.
As others view my life, scornfully mocking,
Delighting at what looks like my certain failure,
I can count on Your assurance that You know
What You have planned for my life.
No matter how contemptuously others may view my plight,
From the depth of my soul, Your voice constantly assures me
That You are in charge. You are God Almighty, and I am not.
As I acquiesce to You, my soul is quieted, and I become still.
When I obediently release the outcome to You,
I accept that I may look foolish to many, especially on the outside;
But on the inside—where it really counts—
I’m becoming incredibly strong in ways destined to have value.
And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. (Romans 8:28)