Why Lacking Clarity is a Good Thing

Why Lacking Clarity is a Good Thing

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A few years back I was working at a church when a homeless man walked in asking for work. Just so happened we had a project I needed done, so I took a risk and hired him.

I was amazed at his work. He worked slow but was incredibly meticulous. He did things with quality. So, I just kept giving him one project after another.

We became friends. Working with him I came to learn that he was homeless by choice. He didn’t want to be on the government’s radar. So he lived in his van. He was certain that the Illuminati and the Jews were out to get him. About once a week he’d storm into my office cussing and yelling and quit. I’d listen to his complaints –usually having to do with very odd situations in his mind – calm him down, and then he’d be fine.

What was fascinating about him was how clear and simple everything seemed to be in his mind. He knew exactly what’s wrong with the world and who was at fault. The Mexicans were ruining America. The Jews were manipulating us through Hollywood.

During that time I was also getting a master’s degree in counseling. I learned that one of the signs of serious mental illness is a pronounced sense of clarity. I realized that my homeless friend was probably mentally ill.

Clarity is an interesting thing. We all want it, but it seems that God has made it elusive. Those who do think they have it are actually deluded (and quite possibly mentally ill).

Someone once asked Mother Teresa to pray that he would have clarity. Teresa locked eyes with the man and said. “I will not do that… Clarity is the last thing you are clinging to and must let go of.”

The man commented that she always seemed to have clarity. She laughed: “I have never had clarity; what I have always had is trust. So I will pray that you trust God.”

I’m pretty convinced God doesn’t want us to have extreme clarity. If we did, we wouldn’t need him. Instead, God wants us to trust him. That takes faith. (Heb. 11:6)

If you are facing a serious lack of clarity be encouraged. It’s a good sign. Let go of insisting you have clarity before you move forward. Just trust him.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. (Proverbs 3:5-6)