Friday, January 9, 2009
Wonder and Mystery
Mystery has been used in Theological questions as a way of drawing a boundary, as in once reach, no further work can be done. Why does God allow suffering? Once the question leads to uncomfortable ground, the conversation stops with a simple statement, "It is a mystery." The more I have ponder this, the more I start to see that mystery has been collapsed as a distinction with "I don't know," followed by an unsaid demand to shut up. Mystery constructed as answer tends to stop inquiry, which contradicts the notion of mystery drawing one closer to God. Mystery is better when understood as closer to wonder than as an answer. Wonder pulls us into relationship. Wonder is why when a relationship is new, we feel so alive and it seems so fresh. Who is this person? fills us with a longing to learn more about the other. Then invariably we give an answer, and our relationships become dull and sad. Yet, what if we could stay in that state of wonder about the other, the world, life and God? Would be in a constant state of prayer?