I used to carry Thomas Merton’s prayer (shared below) around with me at a time when I didn’t know what lay on the road ahead of me. I was just out of college very confused what I wanted to do next. Somehow, this prayer consoled me and helped me centre myself.
The Road Ahead Of Me
As I’ve shared in posts earlier, the road never quite revealed itself to me completely. I tried several careers that I did well in but never felt satisfied.
As I stumbled along with my career, I also got into relationships that ended with me being badly hurt. Thanks to some ‘elders’ giving me misguided information, I was also confused about whether I was called to single life. They thought I was, but I felt differently.
But it was when I was at the end of my tether and about to give up, that I met my husband and also found my calling in writing.
There have been many roadblocks along the way after that too. But at present, I feel much more at peace with myself, centred in my relationship with God and my significant other.
Who knows what the road ahead will bring. But I’m confident that like Thomas Merton, even when I don’t know what lies ahead of me, I will hold on to knowledge that I am not alone. I walk in trust holding the hand of the One who knows what lies ahead.
My Lord God, I have no idea where I am going. I do not see the road ahead of me. I cannot know for certain where it will end. Nor do I really know myself, and the fact that I think I am following your will does not mean that I am actually doing so. But I believe that the desire to please you does in fact please you. And I hope I have that desire in all that I am doing. I hope that I will never do anything apart from that desire. And I know that if I do this you will lead me by the right road, though I may know nothing about it. Therefore I will trust you always though I may seem to be lost and in the shadow of death. I will not fear, for you are ever with me, and you will never leave me to face my perils alone. - Thomas Merton
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