This month is a little different than most since I am slicing every day, so I wasn't sure if my regular way of doing things on here would fit in right. Well, I decided that Seeking to Become is most certainly part of my life and so I am going to proceed as usual.
I was conversing with an agnostic friend awhile back about faith, truth, and understanding. For many people, this might have been a frustrating or even angering sort of discussion, but I found it to be most intriguing and enlightening. I was put in a position of pondering on all the whys and hows of my beliefs and faith. We were able to walk a stretch in each other's shoes for the experience, strengthening our bond of friendship.
Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.
Some people define faith as the belief and hope for things not seen. Well, it is fine definition, but there is more to faith. I actually believe that faith does have its evidence. The proof comes as a undeniable personal witness that no one else can measure. As we trust in the Lord, he will enlarge our understanding through revelation, but faith and trust on our part is the first step. It is a type of seeing. And that is my definition of faith. No one told me to believe that, it is what I know from my own experience. Proof is proof whether or not you can prove it to someone else. That is the nature of personal revelation.
My friend brought up the topic of truth vs. understanding and this was where I knew we had a meeting of the minds, even if for a small moment. He said:
Pursuit of truth, to me, is futile. Only the pursuit of deeper understanding is valid. No more no less.
I love his phrase: pursuit of deeper understanding. That is exactly what God wants for us. I believe eternity is an onion of infinite layers waiting for us to pull back each layer in genuine seeking for understanding and savor the learning as we go along. God wants us to learn every single day of our lives and not just sit by waiting for him to tell us everything. I believe trusting in the Lord and not leaning to our own understanding mean that we take in knowledge, but stop and pray for discernment. We must realize how our perspectives are ever shaped by our surroundings. So if we seek for true understanding, God will guide and inspire, helping us to understand despite our conditioning and bias.
As we begin the month of March, I hope you will join me in focusing on praying about the things we learn, that we will seek true understanding, and through our seeking we might see more clearly how God would want us to understand the world around us.
Seeking to Become - February 2012
Seeking to Become - January 2012