Shades of Mystery

"One of the deepest and strangest of all human moods is the mood which will suddenly strike us perhaps in a garden at night, or deep in sloping meadows, the feeling that every flower and leaf has just uttered something stupendously direct and important, and that we have by a prodigy of imbecility not heard or understood it. There is a certain poetic value, and that a genuine one, in this sense of having missed the full meaning of things. There is beauty, not only in wisdom, but in this dazed and dramatic ignorance."
-G. K. Chesterton

The longer I live, the more comfortable I become with mystery, ambiguity, wonder--this "dazed and dramatic ignorance" that comes not from burying my head in the sand, but by gazing over it and into the sea. If I have one complaint about the culture of my Christian faith it would be that we insist too often on wordy black and white answers when what we really need is to quietly embrace these brilliant shades of mystery.

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