Living by faith, driving at night
A couple of weeks ago, there was a great post on BuzzFeed with thirty quotes about writing from famous authors. Lots of good thoughts, but one stood out to me, because I felt like it was true for more than just writing-
Writing a novel is like driving a car at night. You can only see as far as your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way. -E.L. Doctorow
( Did you sigh a little?)
How many times have you heard someone gripe about God, “I just wish He’d show me the plans. I wish He’d let me know what He’s up to.” It’s a common complaint. We believe in God, and we trust God, but we just need to know.
The comedian Louis C.K. has a great bit about how we live in an age where you never have to not know anything. If you don’t know something, just Google it. And then you know.
Isn’t that great?
Unfortunately, God doesn’t make His blueprints available on Google.
It’s been my experience that He makes His will known, but not all at once. It usually comes little by little.
Like driving a car at night.
I’ll feel like God is telling me to take a risky step. It may just be one step,but it is a doozy. And before I take it, I want to know what the surface under my feet will be, and when the next step will happen, and who will be there to support me. But none of that information is made available.
I get one step.
And after that, one more. And then another.
Only one at a time.
But you can make the whole trip that way.