Into the Mystery

“The purpose underlying life often wears the mask of whatever has our attention at the time.”  Rachel Remen – My Grandfather’s Blessings

“Your choices are half chance.  So are everybody else’s.”  Baz Luhrmann – Sunscreen

“Everybody is wondering why and where they all came from.  Everybody’s worried ‘bout where they’re gonna go when the whole things done.  No one knows for certain and so its all the same to me.  I think I’ll just let the mystery be.”  Iris Dement – Let the Mystery Be

There are many ways to say that we are all more or less just stumbling through life, including “we are all just stumbling through life.”  It occurs to me that how it is said does not matter so much as simply recognizing it as a fact.  This simple thought goes a long way to recognizing God’s existence and presence in our lives and to tamping down pride, ego, and self-absorption, among other things.    On this mystery thing I have always been partial to this statement in 1 Cor. 13:12 as set out in Eugene Peterson’s The Message:

“We don’t yet see things clearly. We’re squinting in a fog, peering through a mist. But it won’t be long before the weather clears and the sun shines bright! We’ll see it all then, see it all as clearly as God sees us, knowing him directly just as he knows us!”

Or perhaps the chorus from I Know Who Holds Tomorrow: “Many things about tomorrow, I don’t seem to understand.  But I know who holds tomorrow, and I know who holds my hand.”

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