by Joey Davis
Life is a mystery shrouded in secrecy. When we lose the wonder of living, we die. I have many friends who get frustrated with life because they don't understand everything going on around them. They feel that they must "figure out" everything perfectly or else they cannot achieve happiness.
I guess I'm not that inquisitive. I figure that there are some things that I'm just not meant to know and that some things are okay to accept without question. I'm the type person who doesn't really care how my heart beats, as long as it continues doing it. The difference between alternating current and direct current is not all that fascinating, as long as my lights work and my car starts.
Yet there are some mysteries in life that fascinate me. Life still holds great wonder in my eyes. I have a list of "big questions" that I've compiled over the years. Things like...how does the Holy Spirit do His marvelous work?..Why are humans the only animal that laughs?..How do homing pigeons do what they do?..Why did God create the world, and how come I have to die?
However, it's the little questions that keep me going. Little questions that are mysterious, some unanswerable, and add humor to living in a wonderful universe spoken into existence by the Creator. Piddly things like... why are all shopping cart built with one wheel that doesn't work?..Did the inventor of the "salad shooter" feel that salad making wasn't violent enough?..Who ate the first oyster?..Why do aftershave advertisers think "driving women crazy" is good? (Who wants a crazy woman?)...Why do people put milk cartons back in the fridge with barely enough milk to cover the bottom?..Does pushing the elevator button several times make the elevator come faster?...Why are there zebras?..What's the difference between flammable, inflammable, and nonflammable? (Either it "flams" or it doesn't!)...Why do people throw out moldy bread but consider mushrooms a delicacy? (They're both fungus!)
Some of you may complain that I'm just being silly. Maybe so. But I feel that pondering little things helps me appreciate the "big picture." When I can come to grips with the fact that I don't know everything, I free myself to enjoy the blessings that I don't understand. Why does God love me? I don't know but I'm glad He does!...What does Jesus sound like? I don't know but I'm looking forward to finding out...What's heaven like? I don't know, but I'm glad it's there! Life is a mystery shrouded in secrecy and that's not necessarily bad.
August 13, 1995
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