I sink in deep mire,
where there is no foothold;
I have come into deep waters,
and the flood sweeps over me. (Ps 69:2)
The Psalms ring true, nearly 3000 years after they were written, because of their emotional honesty. There is an expression ‘fake it until you make it’. There is a perception that as adults we are supposed to feel calm and self-assured – that we are in control. This verse rings true because each of us has those moments (or days, weeks or years) where we feel ‘overcome’. The key question, I believe, is ‘what do we do next?’ The person of faith admits this in prayer and opens themselves up to God’s grace: ‘Loving God, please help me’.
I think it is vital that young people see us as not having all of the answers, not always being in control. The developmental project of the young person is further complicated by unrealistic expectations. By sharing our weakness, which can be threatening for us, we allow young people to glimpse God’s grace at work. Well worth any inconvenience we might suffer!
Have a great week!