Living in the Mystery

A walk in the dark
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Trust in the Lord with all your heart;
    do not depend on your own understanding.
Seek his will in all you do,
    and he will show you which path to take.
Proverbs 3:5-6 (NLT)

I ran into a wise old friend a few weeks ago and asked him how things are going for him. He laughed when I asked and responded, “When I was a young man I thought I had to have all the right answers. Then I got older and I thought I had to ask all the right questions. Now, I’m at a place where I’m just trying to learn to live in the mystery.”

I memorized the verses above when I was a young man, and each time we come back to this chapter I am reminded of their wisdom. Like my friend, I have long ago given up thinking that I understand all the answers. In recent years my life journey has taken me places where at times even my questions lack any potency to ease my heart and mind. I am caught in the mystery of the silence when I mutter “Why?,” “I don’t get it,” and “Father God, I simply don’t understand.”

Today, I am reminded by familiar words not to rely on my own understanding. I am reminded that this journey I am on is a journey of faith and faith requires trust when my own senses and wisdom fail to comprehend the current path nor its true purpose. Today, I am reminded to seek contentment to live in the mystery knowing that neither the right answers nor the right questions are required. Sometimes faith is the only requirement.

7 thoughts on “Living in the Mystery”

  1. 11 My child, don’t reject the Lord’s discipline,
    and don’t be upset when he corrects you.
    12 For the Lord corrects those he loves,
    just as a father corrects a child in whom he delights.[b]

    My son and I go head-to-head nearly every day. He is a pre-teen who thinks he is an adult and in charge. It’s normal, I understand, but its the first time I’ve had to deal with it in my family unit. It takes all I can muster at times to maintain my cool and sometimes I lose it. However, my utlimate motivation to train him is not to be a big jerk, rather to “train up a child in the way he should go”….. God grant me patience and grace in order to extend it to my son.

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