Today as I was reading in Bonhoeffer’s Letters and Papers from Prison, I came across this quote,
“I do want you to realize that I believe my attitude towards my case ought to be one of faith, whereas I am letting it become too much a matter of calculation and foresight.” p. 118He had been locked in prison for a long time and kept trying to figure out when he would be getting out. From his letters he at least acted like he would be released. As you may know, he was executed just before being liberated by the allies at the end of World War II.
I got to thinking about how I try to figure things out. Sometimes that is legitimate counting the cost and planning but too often it becomes a matter of muttering. I keep going over the same stuff again and again. I get in a stew and agitated. There is a difference between responsible planning and trying to count the hairs on my head.
Walking by faith is for today, not just eternity.
Grace and peace.