I said to the man who stood at the gate of the year, “Give me a light so that I may tread safely into the unknown.” And he replied, “Go into the darkness and put your hand into the hand of God. That shall be to you better than a known light and safer than a known way.” — Minnie Louise Haskins, The Gate of the Year, 1908
Many of us have started 2017 hoping for a better year; better health, better marriages, better families, better churches, better workplaces, better finances, perhaps even better grades at school. If 2016 involved some dark days, we’re hopeful that this year will include better times.
“Give me a light that I may tread safely into the unknown.” That seems a reasonable and fair prayer. But Minnie Haskins, in her famous poem quoted by King George VI, knew that what we need is not light and understanding, but trust and Presence. Our lives are not transformed by clarity but by confidence. Some of us, of course, believe that clarity is what breeds confidence. But our hope is in the Lord, not any certainties about circumstances.
“Go into the darkness and put your hand into the hand of God. That shall be to you better than a known light and safer than a known way.”
May we find Christ all-sufficient for all of us in all circumstances this year.
Because of Grace.