Endless Possibilities…

The willingness to consider possibility requires a tolerance of uncertainty. Rachel Naomi Remen

Meditation: I remember a time when my children were younger. They would often ask me if they could have or do something. Looking back I often responded in a very “German way”, always immediately either saying “yes” or “no”. Often that caused much frustration, interestingly either way I responded. It took me a while to figure out why. I was taking my girls literally, while they just expressed their curiosity and meant to explore the world with me. Eventually I learned that my direct answers were not helpful, as my daughters’ questions were often more about exploring possibilities than actually wanting a very specific thing. When I realized that, I changed my response to the sentence: “We will see” or “We will figure it out”. And this answer seemed to resonate much better with my girls. They usually remained calm, hopeful and even got more ideas of what else they could do or what else they might want. While God’s Spirit (in the shape of my girls) taught me to tolerate uncertainty better and become comfortable leaving things “open ended”, my girls blossomed in their ability to explore endless possibilities…

Prayer: God of possibilities, thank You for teaching me the art of responding in an open ended way. Thank You for having the curiosity of my girls teach me to embrace uncertainty more than before. Thank You that with them I enjoy the many possibilities there are. Thank You that they taught me to enjoy You and Your ways more than ever before. Amen

And looking at them Jesus said to them, “With people this is impossible, but with God all things are possible”. Matthew 19:26