A church sign I saw recently made me think: “There are some questions that Google can’t answer.” Even though we live in the digital age, when we have access to more information than at any other time during history — mind-boggling amounts of data — we still haven’t come close to answering every question in life. As an information junkie who loves to research to learn about everything I can, I’m grateful for Google and other search engines that make that research possible. I admit that I get a thrilling sense of power from being able to look up facts quickly and easily. But I’m also grateful that I don’t know everything, and that I actually can’t know everything there is to know in this world. I’m glad that I still have to live with mystery.
Mystery inspires us to keep asking questions and searching for answers in life. It keeps us from growing complacent and arrogant as we would be if we knew it all. Because we don’t truly know it all, we’re motivated to keep learning and growing, which leads us toward new exciting adventures every day if we choose to be lifelong learners.
Humbling ourselves to embrace mystery and keep learning every day is key to the process of renewing our minds. This is especially vital when it comes to exploring life’s most important questions (which are the least likely questions to be answered by a simple Google search!).
Sometimes even our own minds are mysterious to us. We may find ourselves thinking something and not know what triggered that thought, for example. As noble as it is to try to become more aware of our thoughts — as I’ve emphasized so far in this blog — we can get stuck in too much analysis, going around in circles trying to figure out what simply won’t be revealed to us for now.
This is where faith comes in.
The Bible defines faith as “confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see” (Hebrews 11:1, NIV). As we enter the Christmas season, this is a great time to reflect on how some things truly are greater than what can be encompassed by a computer search or understood completely by our minds.
I believe that much of what we’ll know one day in heaven is obscured by sin in this fallen world, as the Bible says in 1 Corinthians 13:12: “For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.”
And what’s even better than knowing fully? It’s being fully known by the One who created us — minds and all — and loved by him completely and unconditionally!
What mysteries intrigue you the most, and why? How has a mystery in life inspired you to seek an answer to a question, and led to greater faith for you as a result?