...page 147 of CS Lewis' The Horse and His Boy
..."will she live?"
" I who know many present things by my art," replied the Hermit with a smile, "Have yet little knowledge of things future. Therefore I do not know whether any man or woman or beast in the whole world will be alive when the sun sets tonight. But be of good hope. The damsel is likely to live as long as any her age."
This same thought seems to be pursuing me these last few days. I continue to hear the same idea, said in different ways. Just as the Hermit implies, likelyhood is a far different thing than certainty. We can not be certain of, often, even the most certain things. Regardless of wisdom, learning or status, we will rarely ever be prepared for the unexpectedness of life.
Yesterday morning, Maggy and I were the first ones up. As I sat down to nurse her, as I often do, I grabbed the remote. Not certain who he was, but there was a preacher sharing a sermon. He said God's answers to our prayers are yes, no or wait... but when we wait, he most certainly provides for us a sustaining grace.
2 Corinthians 12:9
And He has said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you... "
and then in Pastor Paul's sermon yesterday (so nicely summarized here), we were encouraged to discover dependence...
And my God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus....confess and release control to God. He provides all we need. As the Israelites came out of the wilderness into Jericho (Joshua 4) and started to eat off the land (which God provided) and the manna no longer fell from the sky. He provides all we need.
and,yet, how often we seek more, unsatisfied. Regardless,
God has no pretense
God is always truth
God is always grace
God does not manipulate.
We most certainly can recklessly trust in God's sovereignty... it is the one thing that we can be certain of.