Questions. Confusion. Doubt. Have you ever had them? How often do we ask: how does a loving God allow such evil in the world? Why such pain, such heartache? If I tell the truth about myself, will they still accept me? How can we forgive such hurt? Why? Why? Why?
How do we, as people of faith, live with integrity? The challenge is not to dismiss serious questions with simplistic answers; yet trust in the power and love of God to be with us through tough questions, questions for which there seems no easy answer forthcoming?
Paul reminds us Jesus is God's "Yes." Above all else, this is what we need to know. We don't need to understand everything, and have answers to life's pressing problems, to take positive action. How many of us really know the make up of an atom -- the anatomy of a cell? The names of the animals and sea creatures, and fauna and flora of the world? The intricacies of the Tree of Life? How many of us even understand our own motives -- why we do what we do? But we still go on living and we make choices. We can make a difference in our world, by staying rooted in God's Yes: Jesus.
Remember this powerful message by poet, Rainer Maria Rilke, in his Letters to a Young Poet:: "I beg you...to have patience with everything unresolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves as if they were locked rooms or books written in a very foreign language. Don't search for the answers, which could not be given to you now, because you would not be able to live them. And the point is, to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps then, someday far in the future, you will gradually, without even noticing it, live your way into the answer."
Live your way into Jesus. Be God's "Yes" wherever you go today.
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"A Thousand Questions"
PRAY: " Yes, God, Yes. Here am I. Send me."