Luther, quoted in Bonhoeffer’s Cost of Discipleship:
Discipleship is not limited to what you can comprehend – it must transcend all comprehension. Plunge into the deep waters beyond your own comprehension, and I will help you to comprehend even as I do. Bewilderment is the true comprehension. Not to know where you are going is the true knowledge. My comprehension transcends yours. Thus Abraham went forth from his father and not knowing whither he went. He trusted himself to my knowledge, and cared not for his own, and thus he took the right road and came to his journey’s end. Behold, that is the way of the cross. You cannot find it yourself, so you must let me lead you as though you were a blind man. Wherefore it is not you, no man, no living creature, but myself, who instruct you by my word and Spirit in the way you should go. Not the work which you choose, not the suffering you devise, but the road which is clean contrary to all that you choose or contrive or desire – that is the road you must take. To that I call you and in that you must be my disciple. If you do that, there is the acceptable time and there your master is come.
This struck me as rather apt a few weeks ago! I suspect it will feel all the more real again as I sit again at my research desk, ready to ‘plunge back into the deep waters beyond (my) comprehension’.
What about you? Where might your walk of discipleship take you in 2012? And will we go, like Abraham, not knowing where we will end up yet still willing to go all the same?