When There Is Doubt
by Robert Kenneth Jones
The moment you doubt whether you can fly, you cease for ever to be able to do it." ~ J.M. Barrie
Doubt loves to creep in when tough times come. The rough edges of life are exposed. Doubt is a sneaky little rascal who comes whispering about negative outcomes just before needed sleep arrives. It keeps us awake despite fatigue. Then it is joined by its’ friend worry.
Sometimes doubt shows up in the morning, attempting to spoil the day ahead. Sometimes it skulks in at mid-day trying to rob us of confidence. It always tells us that we are unfit, unworthy, making faulty choices, or going the wrong way. It says that God has left us to our own devises and that we will fail. It plants weeds which will choke out faith.
Doubt is experienced by everyone at some point. Abraham Lincoln wrote a letter to John T. Stuart, his first law partner in 1841 describing his doubts and sadness. He had been defeated in business, not been granted a political appointment he wanted, lost election bids for both the Senate and the House and had broken off his relationship with Mary Todd.
Lincoln said to his friend that; “I am now the most miserable man living. If what I feel were equally distributed to the whole human family, there would not be one cheerful face on the earth.”
Mother Teresa wrote that there were times in her life when she suffered periods of deep doubt about God. The disciple Thomas doubted the resurrection of Christ who stood right in front of him.
Our misgivings and worries put us in the company of heroes and saints. We must remember that doubt is a liar. It will only cripple us if we turn from faith and believe those whispered deceptions.
Doubts are just an inevitable part of life. The important thing is that we act in spite of them. God will take care of the outcomes. We can accept that truth and forge ahead. Doubt and worry will dissipate like morning fog meeting the sun.
“When doubts filled my mind, your comfort gave me renewed hope and cheer.” Psalm 94:19
About the Author
In a career spanning over four decades, Robert Kenneth Jones has been an innovator in the treatment of addiction and childhood abuse. His blog, An Elephant for Breakfast, testifies to the power of the human spirit to overcome the worst of life’s difficulties. We encourage you to visit and share this rich source of healing, inspiration and meditation.