Doubt is my biggest challenge and an obstacle for many.
Consider the inventions not made, the books not written, the phones not dialed, the emails not sent. We didn’t think we could, or we didn’t think it would help, or we stopped hoping.
As we walk through life, from Lent to Easter, we often doubt God’s purpose. We keep tally of goals made and lost. We measure the latitude and the longitude of our positions, relative to those of others. But it is not about measurements or keeping score. For God, it’s more about what we’re becoming.
Doubt goes with us on our journey. Often, it doesn’t leave us even when we get to Easter. But doubt isn’t strong enough to keep Jesus in the grave. Jesus is risen, even though those closest to him denied him, doubted him and locked their doors. Even if we lock our doors, Jesus shows up. And he doesn’t just show up. He lets us, with Thomas (the Doubter), feel how his wounds connect with our pain and doubt.
This message is an excerpt of “A geography of hope” by Elizabeth Hunter in the April 2017 issue of Gather magazine. Today we remember Benedict the African, confessor, who died in 1589.