– a story in six parts –
Embracing the unknowing is the embodiment of faith itself, our acceptance of spiritual risk, where we hold our beliefs with a more open hand. By definition, faith, lives in the unknown, just past the edges of the familiar. It’s the realm of the uncomfortable, the unsure. It’s where we give God the permission and the opportunity to till the roots of our conclusions. Faith carries within itself the implication that we do not have the whole picture, and requires a reliance on a larger possibility where we, leaf by asphalt leaf, consider our present understanding and contemplate whether perhaps God and His universe are somewhat bigger than the house we built for them. Through faith, if we find that what we are looking for is not in view, we are provided the opportunity to scan the horizon, or modify our search criteria. It causes us to take a second look at what we thought we knew, and implies a learning curve. It is where we begin again, where we, like the storm, struggle to throw off our earth bound shackles. It’s always been there. It’s the other tree in the garden where rather than being forbidden to eat of the fruit, we are invited to come, eat, and linger a while in its shade, to pause again and regroup; to mark off time for a spell with our leaves of asphalt.