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Topic: Confused (08/16/07)
TITLE: A Question of Confusion
By Dana Hubbard
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“WHAT do you want,” Eris raged toward the heavens. “I’m here! I’ve always been here. Why are you silent?”
Eris collapsed in a heap, her chest heaving and lungs burning from her outburst. The tears brought more salt to her trembling lips. The darkness inside was suffocating. All her life the answer to any problem or crisis had been one word. God. Friends with drug issues or complicated home lives often found themselves inexplicably drawn to her because she always seemed to have the answer. She even helped total strangers through mission work. Eris loved to see the look in someone’s eyes when that spark of hope ignited inside as they met God for the first time.
Why was the hope that she shared with others, seemingly absent in her own heart now? As the evening wind gently ruffled her long red hair, Eris pondered the questions racing through her mind. Had she done something that caused the silence from God? Why would He leave her in her most desperate hour? If she had so much faith, why was she terrified of being alone?
There wasn’t some cataclysmic event that had happened in her life. Her parents were healthy. She loved her job. Her friends were loving and loyal. Yet, there it was. The doubt. The disbelief. Why was she suddenly questioning the one thing she had always known to be true? Why was her belief in God, her ultimate answer, now her ultimate question?
As Eris watched the ocean churn she reflected on her life. Did she believe in God because that’s what she was raised to believe? The turmoil inside was agonizing and she felt much like a frightened child lost in the deep woods. The more thought she put into trying to figure things out, the more confused things became in her head. In any other situation, she would have immediately gone to the Word and to prayer. How was she to find an answer now?
Eris picked up her sandals and began to walk along the beach thinking absent mindedly of the often quoted Mary Stevenson “Footprints” poem. Was God carrying her now? Is this what faith really means? Believing even when you don’t “feel” like you believe? Despite the unsettled feeling that had been present for weeks still swirling inside, Eris began to talk with God.
"You’ve always been the answer to everything I've ever needed in my life," Eris said softly. "My heart says this is no different, but my head kind of wants to run things at the moment." Eris cracked a slightly crooked smile in spite of herself. "No doubt I've been a source of amusement for You during all those times my mind and I wanted to do things our own way instead of yours." At this thought, Eris chuckled for the first time in weeks. "I'd be huffing, puffing and basically exhausting myself trying to get something done in my own way and You were there the whole time helping me, aiding me anyway. If I’d just asked You to show me the best path in the first place, it would’ve been so much easier!”
"I've missed our chats you know. I know I've been a little M.I.A lately and I'm not even sure why. Does everyone go through this or am I just weird? I mean, I know You made us all special, but seriously God, please tell me I'm not the only person who has felt this way! I don't want to ask anyone, because everyone seems to think that I always have it together. I'm the "go-to spiritual chick". We both know that’s so far from the truth! I suppose that’s pride on my part.”
As Eris took a deep breath of sea air, she made her decision. “I’ve trusted You for everything else in my life, so I am choosing to trust You with this. I gave you my heart long ago and even though I don’t “feel” You right now, I choose to believe.”
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