***Special directions: read this little excerpt twice. The first time, just read it, without thinking about it or without reflecting about what it could mean to you.
“Be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart
and try to love the questions themselves,
like locked rooms and like books that are now written in a very foreign tongue.
Do not seek the answers,
which cannot be given because you would not be able to live them.
And the point is to live everything.
Live the questions now.
Perhaps you will then gradually,
without noticing it,
live along some distant day into the answer.”
-Rainer Maria Rilke
***Special directions part two: now read it again, but this time, think about what questions you want to ask yourself about how you wish to live your life and how you wish to do things differently. While reading it again, think about those questions.
What did you think after reading it twice? It caused you to think about your life differently didn’t it? We used this little paragraph as a prayer for a Companion Group kick off at school yesterday. A companion group is a small group of students who meet for one hour once a week to talk about their faith and reflect about their lives and grow closer to others and to God. It is one of my favorite parts of my week.
We often have many questions throughout the day. It is our human nature to question everything we do not understand. Anyone that has been around a little child would know they love questions, especially “why?” As we grow older, our questions become more mature. Instead of simply asking “why?,” we ask more specific questions, like, “why is the sky blue?” or “why do people have to be so mean sometimes?” As we reach adulthood, our questions become deeper and we usually find ourselves questioning, not only the world around us, but we also question ourselves. This can be a good thing or a bad thing. This paragraph (I’m not sure if I should call it a prayer or a poem, so I’m sticking with paragraph) shows us that questions are good, but we shouldn’t always look for the answer in the every day things. This reminds me that sometimes, when we pray, we expect God to show us the answer in an obvious way. But oftentimes, God doesn’t work like that. He sends us the answer when we least expect it. So ask those questions; pray those prayers. But don’t expect the answer to always be in front of you. You will find the answer eventually. It may not be the answer you were looking for, but the right answer isn’t always the easy one unfortunately. Take a break today and reflect on those questions and remember that the answers will come to you in time.