A few weeks ago, I was perusing Facebook when I happened upon the comment section of a friend’s post. The post itself I barely remember. I believe it was about the current situation and differing opinions of what’s currently going on with society and our response to the coronavirus. What caught my attention was a comment that someone (who I don’t even know) made. The comment was short, but I thought about it for days and days. I was seriously taken with it. I’ve been praying about it and trying to unpack it. It was one of those instantaneously rich experiences, an “a-ha moment” for sure.
The comment made was not just referring to how to handle life at the moment, but for me, it broke beyond the veil and was an intimation of the life we are meant to live each day and within each moment.
“Maybe we are meant to live to the question. After all, isn’t that what it means to live by faith.”
That was the comment. Simple, yes? It struck a very deep chord in me. It’s one of those experiences that’s hard to put into words, much harder to explain. Call it a revelation. Call it what you will. It may not resonate as deeply with you, but I want to unpack what I believe it means. You may explore it as well and come up with a different interpretation and that’s great. I’d invite you to share it with others – even me if you feel so inclined.
Embrace the Unknown
We live in a season of uncertainty – now more than ever. We’e been in “shelter-in-place” orders, we’ve received conflicting information about COVID and how to handle it, we’re in a season of political and national turmoil.
As in our faith, we’re called to embrace the unknown. Abraham was called by God to leave everything he knew and travel to a place that God would show him. He had no idea his destination, but he had faith in the one who was traveling with him. He didn’t know much, only he did know what God had promised. And Abraham trusted the one who knew his ultimate destination.
Many years ago, God asked me to go to a place I had never been and I had no idea where I would end up. It was more of a spiritual and career move; nonetheless, it was scary and exciting all at the same time. I’m still in that process. I am more comfortable with it now, but there are still moments of doubt and fear and loneliness.
For me, part of the idea of “living into the question” is to also embrace mystery and the idea that the answer is seldom what we think it is. There are answers, and there is truth. But, I know in my own journey, many of my answers have changed over the years. I do not require firm answers to a lot of questions. I am getting better at being okay with not knowing the end result, or the answer to every question. I am comfortable with mystery. After all, we really only see dimly right now. But the day is coming when we will see more clearly.
For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.
Embrace the Question
The world wants answers. The world wants clarity. With COVID, with politics, with religion, with anything and everything. Except, when we begin to demand answers or go after results, we often lose God in the process. Answers become our idol.
I’m not sure of a time when God shows us the end result and gives us a roadmap on how to get there. It starts as an invitation…a nudge…and as we follow His leading, He lights a little more of the path so we can see a step or two ahead.
God may not be asking you to step out and go to an unknown place physically; however, I believe He is speaking to us and moving all the time. Do you hear Him? Can you see or sense where He is moving?
And it starts by living to the question, “Lord, what do you have for me today?”
“Where are you moving around me?”
“Who do you want me to love today?”
And then waiting and watching. It doesn’t have to be complicated (I’ve learned that the hard way.) It’s simple really. But not necessarily easy. ]
It’s not about finding answers.
It’s about continually living to the question.
And being okay with stepping into the unknown.