Explanations secure us.
We seek to find reasons to everything that happens to us. Sometimes however we encounter the unexplainable.
To eliminate the uneasiness that uncertainties bring, we seek solid grounds and create linear concepts.
And because we are bestowed with intelligence along with a comprehensible world, we are able to connect dots, formulate assumptions, and come up with effective solutions. And because the Divine is revealed through words and experiences, faith is able to claim promises of hope and salvation.
But there are defining moments when faith and reason stands still in the presence of mystery.
When questions are too complicated;
When the wound is too deep;
When the future is too bleak;
When the mess is too many.
Strangely, we are then invited to surrender. Surrender to that which we cannot fight, we cannot dissect, and prepensely lay open.
To trust when heaven is silent,
To be at peace inside a raging storm,
To walk in faith though hesitations will still be our companion.
Allowing fear to strengthen courage;
Doubt stretching our hope and convictions;
And faith maturing, enlarging, growing, at times when life yield no answers.
As we start this year, may we be willing to walk the road that is still unfolding. May we be open to face life's riddles and little surprises.
And maybe that famous phrase, "walk by faith," actually means trusting a God who at times will reveal no explanation, but will be nearer as you can ever imagine...yes, to me and you, with all our hesitations.