Oh the wonderful things my daughter says. We were having a very intense (pleasant, not contentious) discussion on a topic both confounding and current, when she summed up the situation in fabulous fiber artist form.
“It may be called a Cashmere Rabbit, but that doesn’t make it cashmere.”
Living for today while being afraid of tomorrow isn’t really living. In its own way, it is hiding from the realities of our own fears or the fears of others.
Facing our fear and learning to master it, or at least tame it, allows us to embrace the joys of life and accept the sorrow that is an inherent part of living. Fear, when tamed, becomes the caution that makes the journey open to more joy and less sorrow.
Is it harder to walk on the flat, sandy beach than to climb up the hill after falling down? When we have to pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off, and climb back up a hill, we can clearly see the challenge before us. Yet, when we must stay true to our course along the sandy beach, we may not recognize the effort and challenge the shifting sand presents us. Life tends to give us hills to climb and beaches to cross. Keeping true to the course requires us to recognize the dedicated effort needed to accomplish both.
There is a parable of sorts that goes around about a religious man watching the flood waters rising. Rather than getting into the rescue boats or helicopter, he keeps saying God will save him. At the Pearly Gates he asks why he was not saved. The answer he receives is that two boats and a helicopter were sent.
In truth, the answer should have been, “Why didn’t you seek divine assistance and build yourself the boat before the flood?”
With divine help, we can build the boat and then when the flood waters rise, we can seek to assist those in need rather than waiting to be assisted by our fellow man.
As we seek a greater understanding, even a perfect knowledge, there is no need to forsake the faith of a child.
These are but one and the same rather than being something different. The child believes whereas the adult seeks to prove. If it is of God, whether given or inspired by God, the belief and the proof are the same.