From doubt, fear or bewilderment to fair hope
To know God is to be in the secret place of all knowledge, and to trust Him changes the whole outlook surrounding mystery and seeming contradictions and unanswered questions, from one of doubt or fear or bewilderment, to one of hope. The unknown may be some lovely truth in store for us, which we are not yet ready to apprehend. Not to be intellectually certain of a truth does not prevent the heart that loves and obeys that truth from getting the goodness out of it, from drawing life from it because it is loved, not because it is understood.
O Son of Man, to right my lot
Naught but your presence can avail;
Yet on the road your wheels are not,
Nor on the sea your sail.
My how or when you will not heed,
But come down your own secret stair,
That you may answer all my need,
And every little prayer.
George MacDonald, “Empty Houses,” The Lady’s Confession.