He knows not how ...

And he said, “The kingdom of God is as if a man should scatter seed on the ground. He sleeps and rises night and day, and the seed sprouts and grows; he knows not how. The earth produces by itself, first the blade, then the ear, then the full grain in the ear. But when the grain is ripe, at once he puts in the sickle, because the harvest has come.”

When I was younger I craved knowledge and believed that I could figure life out by studying the bible. Now that I am older I have realized that the purpose of the bible is not to explain all things to us. There is a mystery to life and we sell faith short when we reduce it to a quest for knowledge. The scriptures are rife with spiritual truth and much wisdom can be absorbed when we study the pages of holy writ. Yet there is much mystery there as well.

I recently watched a scientist and a man of faith speak about what they learned as they wrote a book together. The scientist said that in the collaboration he learned that science can usually answer the question of how but cannot speak to the issue of why. Often in life we can understand the effects of things on us but we rarely are able to discern why they happened. In these situations we do well to engage faith and allow mystery.

I trust you Lord with my life - both those things I understand and the things I do not.

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