Some facts tell us something, or so I think. With time and perspective, I often see things more clearly, or so I think. Even with the wisdom of others, the clearness of the vision often continues to change. Facts can be confusing. Life without these facts is even worse! I know I need facts, but what is it that they are telling me? I understand my perspective change, but can I ever be sure? I realize how everything evolves, but we need a foundation, right?
In a recurring nightmare, I know that perspectives on facts change. In response a miracle in another day and time, “when the crowd saw what Paul had done, they went wild, calling out in their Lyconian dialect, ‘The gods have come down! These men are gods!’” (Acts 14.11) They were sure of what they had seen. The conclusion was obvious. Within a few minutes, the emotional high was transformed into a state of confusion. What did the facts mean then or now?
We are in an economic funk. We are sure of the facts, but what do they mean? More people are losing their jobs than are getting new ones. Record numbers are filing for unemployment benefits. Bad news was distant, it no longer is. Everyone is being touched one way or the other.
We need to do something, but what? What are the facts telling us? Are we sure? Will the proposed actions with momentum help?
In my life, I have a thirst for God. I want to live a life engaged with something More than just me. I know my life has problems. I am aware of my weaknesses, at least some of them. I understand that doing it on my own is the answer to my thirst. Yet, what do these facts mean?
While I do not understand the complete answer, life reminds me of the following facts.
My thirst is God’s invitation into More.
My longing is the outcome of my side of life’s facts.
Engaging with God is my process of inviting More into my life.