There are so many subjects that I know very little about. I know I really don’t know that much about New York. I understand the obvious. I have a sense of its history. I enjoy the discovery of what is. Yet I would never suggest I am an expert. The gaps in my knowledge are not just with New York. My knowledge on a wide range of subjects, from woodworking, to cars, to lathes, to music, and even through to God, is at best experiential. I know I do not know.
I say that and yet I, along with many others, often act as if we are experts. Yet the lack of complete knowledge does not mean that any of us are devoid of knowledge. The irony is that we actually know a lot more than we realize. We have it within us but it is not fresh on the mind. We know but we do not. We remember yet there is much just beyond our grasp.
I find there is a different way to look at knowledge. The view changes as we use what we know, especially in context. As I look at God’s message, the experience of the present and the past, the breath of the knowledge within, makes a difference in how my life plays out. According to one man of God, it also makes a difference to God. “God's Message, the God who created the cosmos, stretched out the skies, laid out the earth and all that grows from it, who breathes life into earth's people, makes them alive with his own life.” (Isaiah 42.5)
I find myself drawn to people who are intense in what they do. Even if I otherwise wouldn’t care about the subject, it is interesting! People who love New York have something to share about the city. People in love with food often share in a way that gives birth to new experiences. People in love with God help those around them, regardless of their agreement. People in love are alive.
Today I know I’m in love.
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