4They went away and found a colt tied near a door, outside in the street. As they were untying it, 5some of the bystanders said to them, ‘What are you doing, untying the colt?’ 6They told them what Jesus had said; and they allowed them to take it.

It is not clear, at this point in the story, that Jesus’ disciples really had any idea what was going on. But, they demonstrated their trust in Jesus by walking forward in accordance with his word. Even when they failed to understand, they were willing to act in obedience.

Entry of Christ into Jerusalem Anthony van Dyck (1617) Indianaplois Museum of Art

I wonder how I respond when I don’t understand what is going on.

I am afraid, most often when confronted with my lack of ability to comprehend, I double-down on my determination to figure things out. I exert my effort to make sense of my circumstances and to find the most rational way forward. I am sure if only I think hard enough, I will understand.

The example of Jesus’ disciples suggests another possibility. Perhaps, faced with the incomprehensible realities of life, I might listen more deeply for the word of truth that speaks in my heart. Then, with whatever tiny instinct of insight I sense, I might move forward into the unknown, not so much to change the reality of what is, as to live in tune with the truth that I find within the difficult circumstances of life. This is the journey of faith in which I risk everything for the power of Love. Jesus said faith “the size of a mustard seed” would suffice (Luke 17:6). I have everything I need to find my way in the face of the incomprehensible realities I face.


What happens when I just pressure on through in the face of my lack of understanding? How might things look different if I stopped and listened more deeply to discern the gentle voice of truth in the midst of my unknowing and then walked forward in faith?