Day 16 – journey to the answers

7 Sep

“I would like to beg you…. as well as I can, to have patience with everything unresolved in your heart and to try to love the questions themselves as if they were locked rooms or books written in a 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 into the future, you will gradually, without even noticing it, live your way into the answer.” (Rainer Maria Rilke, Letters to a Young Poet)

I think one of the most challenging things we are asked to do in living a life for Christ is to be faithfully still when answers are not being revealed. When the ratio of questions to answers is so lopsided that it seems impossible to ever reach a balance, unresolvedness in the heart can sometimes feel like reading a book with no end. Endless. As humans, I think our tendency is to want to know what the outcome will be regardless of the situation. Wouldn’t it be so much easier to make those tough decisions or face the heart-wrenching pain if we knew what the other side would bring? Or that there was even an end in sight. A tangible goal. However, I can’t help but think that this would be quite boring and utterly unfulfilling. We are dynamic beings that were made to be constantly stretched, tested and faced with uncomfortable, sometimes almost unbearable, circumstances. It’s in this that our faith, regardless of what it’s in, flourishes and our character, deepen. It’s in living the questions of our heart that we allow ourselves to be open to the journey to the answers.

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2 Responses to “Day 16 – journey to the answers”

  1. deb September 8, 2010 at 10:54 am #

    this hit me in the right way this morning, jamie.
    thanks for sharing!

    • Jamie Born September 8, 2010 at 10:29 pm #

      oh good, I’m glad to hear it. better than the alternative for sure. glad you are a fellow blogger now :)

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