Wednesday, September 2, 2015
The Value in Making Peace with Mystery
By Micky Wolf
Mystery…something beyond our understanding
I confess. A series of unconnected events in recent weeks have made little sense to me. Which is just another way of saying “why”. You know the syndrome. Why God this? Why God that?
However, there is some good news in all this. When I find myself trying to figure things out—solve the mystery—it’s a sure bet I’ve slipped into my head. Which means I need to once again make peace with mystery. And that, fellow sojourner, is always an action of the heart.
What you and I consider to be mystery in our life can be unique to our personalities, our upbringing, the nature of the circumstances in our lives, those with whom we are in relationship.
At the same time, there are a multitude of ‘life mysteries’ that touch all of us, sooner or later.
…Serious illness or death that strike with little or no warning. Mystery.
…Being passed over for a promotion at work—or worse yet, losing the job entirely—irrespective of competence, education, or experience. Mystery.
…Meeting someone for the first time—again—after decades of living separate and different lives. Mystery.
…Waking up one morning and realizing the life you’re living isn’t exactly the one you thought it would be, or planned for yourself, when you were years younger and shades of hair darker. Mystery.
We can expend a lot of energy trying to demystify mystery. Maybe the better choice is to decide to accept it, even so far as to embrace it, an action that is more than enough to open our hearts to experiencing the peace that has been there all along.
All along? Yes.
Like the lung that breathes in the air not of our seeing, so too is the reservoir of peace the Divine makes available to us.
But as with the lung, we must be willing to let go, suspend our need to know, surrender our demands for answers and explanations; to breathe deeply of the peace that surpasses all understanding.
Mystery matters. It serves a valuable purpose. In God’s economy, it helps us remember that we are finite. And that while we are responsible for our choices, we are also not held accountable for the things permitted and comprehended within the purpose and plan of the Divine Will.