We want to get “it.” To understand life. To be able to possess and offer the deep insight. The truth.
But we are flawed.
Caught in our story, shaped by culture, molded by certain prejudices, we are in the end human.
The humility right there I believe critically forms us if we choose it.
The wisdom we do possess “are outward guises, appearances, of what is true and good… but if our lives focus on what is doing what is good the Lord adjusts them toward genuine truth.” (NJHD 21)
Goodness and truth … in the end … ONE.
Our efforts … in the end … imperfect, flawed, beautiful in God’s eyes.
Thomas Merton captured it well…
“My Lord God, I have no idea where I am going. I do not see the road ahead of me. I cannot know for certain where it will end. Nor do I really know myself, and the fact that I think that I am following your will does not mean that I am actually doing so. But I believe that the desire to please you does in fact please you. And I hope I have that desire in all that I am doing. I hope that I will never do anything apart from that desire. And I know that if I do this you will lead me by the right road though I may know nothing about it. Therefore will I trust you always though I may seem to be lost and in the shadow of death. I will not fear, for you are ever with me, and you will never leave me to face my perils alone.”