Marvelous confusion…this phrase caught my attention while reading Julian of Norwich. In her work entitled Showings she writes about the marvelous confusion that makes up our human life in a “wondrous mixture of good and bad”. Julian goes on to explain that “we contain within us both our risen Lord Jesus Christ, as well as the misery and woe of Adam’s sin.”
Marvelous confusion . . . names it marvelous. Thankfully, Julian goes on to eloquently explain how our confusion can be qualified as marvelous. It is because of Jesus.
As we go through our days, we can experience life’s confusion as marvelous because Jesus accompanies us in three ways: in heaven, where in his rising he raises us up with him; on earth where he leads us day by day; in our innermost being where he constantly dwells to guide and preserve us.
When we find our life full of marvelous confusion we need to remember that all is truly in God’s hands and power. When we are lost in the dark and troubled by confusion, we are to trust that Jesus is our protector. May we all experience Jesus’ presence in our lives of marvelous confusion.