Yeah, kind of like a sequel to the old hymn, “Blessed Assurance”…
Allow me to share with you this quote:
Have patience with everything that remains unsolved in your heart. Try to love the questions themselves, like locked rooms and like books written in a foreign language. Do not now look for the answers. They cannot now be given to you because you could not live them. It is a question of experiencing everything. At present you need to live the question. Perhaps you will gradually, without even noticing it, find yourself experiencing the answer, some distant day.
Rainer Maria Rilke, Letters to a Young Poet
The idea of joyful uncertainty was a theme of this past weekend’s retreat, and the piece on quantum mechanics fit in nicely, as part of the theory says that we cannot know a particle’s position and momentum at the same time. If we know one, we cannot know the other – UNCERTAINTY ala Heisenberg. It seems to me that the more I know, the more I realize that I DON’T know! I know it is part of the human condition to seek absolutes and certainty, and yet, I coming to think that the primary absolute for me is that God is Love. When others insist on other absolute truths, I always have to measure them against this great absolute, and truthfully, sometimes what others claim as absolute seems to contradict (for me, anyway) the notion that God is Love.
So, how do I embrace the fundamental uncertainty that is part of the human condition? Can I live with the questions, actually love them? It seems to me that as my religious congregation prepares to meet this Saturday in preparation for our Chapter, we might want to consider this stance towards our future. Can we embrace the questions, and not be in a rush to flail about looking for answers? (Hopefully the winter storm that is going to clobber us tomorrow night won’t prevent me from making the trip to PA.)