There are times in our lives when we simply don’t know what to do. Personally, I can’t stand these times. I don’t like being filled with a sense of impotence and uncertainty nor do I like waiting while trying to figure things outs. This is especially difficult for me because I was raised in a family of doers. We are leaders, decision makers and get-the-job done-ers. We are not ones to sit and wait until the intuitive impulse for action arises within.
But life isn’t always something you can charge through on one’s own blind initiatives. Sometimes we have to wait for the still small voice within (and without) to guide us. To tell us what the next step is and how to proceed. And in that process, we have to be willing to wait in the unknown and to surrender our control. In this way we can let life work itself out a little without our constant efforts that can sometimes do more damage than good.
Someone once told me, “When you don’t know what to do, do nothing.” This was probably one of the most profound things I’ve ever heard because over and over when I have heeded this directive, it has brought positive results. When we don’t know what to do, sometimes the best thing to do is nothing (other than to pray). And low and behold, if we are just patient enough, an answer always comes and the better outcome unfolds. I must remind myself to “be still and know that I am God.”