Taken from the book, “Dare to Journey”
The sense of being guided so that we can come to certainty regarding life’s important decisions is often an elusive experience. This is particularly so if we want our guidance to come from God of all grace who calls us forward.
Certainty and faith do not always easily merge together. God’s voice and our own are not easy to separate. And many of our strategies to receive guidance are contrived and do not work, for God does not respond to methods but only to a heart attitude that longs to hear and is truly open.
Henri Nouwen suggests that guidance can come at unfamiliar times and places. He writes that we should understand our experience of powerlessness as an experience of being guided. Our very vulnerability can make us open to new directions. And our disconnectedness from the secure and the familiar can me us open to find new meaning and purpose.
Guidance is therefore more the gift that comes when we least deserve or expect it. It is the surprise that confirms that God is the unexpected Helper, particularly when we so urgently need Him.