“We have to stop and be humble enough to understand that there is something called mystery.” - Paulo Coelho
Paulo Coelho is a Brazilian lyricist and novelist. I was recently at the Bat Mitzvah of a friend’s daughter. Talk about soaring spirits, the celebrant is an amazing young woman with a spirit filled with endless possibilities. Prior to services, I was invited to meet a relative who wanted to know how my Yarmulke (Head Covering) stayed on my completely bald head. I told him that I used two sided tape, but that there were also things that were just not meant to understand. How it stayed on my head was one of the mysteries of life and did not require an explanation. He and I both laughed, but it gave me pause to reflect on all the mysteries there are and how little we all truly meant to comprehend.
As a Rabbi, people are often shocked when I say that I do not know the answer to their question as it is one of the many mysteries of life. Yes, we can study, discuss, agree to disagree, form opinions, etc., but at the end of the day, there are things in God’s world that we just accept on faith as there is no rational explanation.
We sometimes take all the fun out of faith by having to have answers to everything. What is it that we are seeking? We often do not even know. I know that when I found a dose of humility I began to require fewer and fewer answers and began to relish the mysteries in God’s universe. It no longer matter why things happened the way they did, but rather to be in awe of the fact they did. I was now okay with not knowing or understanding something. I found serenity in just admiring God’s mysteries and not having to know how or why they were the way they were.
My prayer for you today is that you will seek the answer to one less thing and embrace the mystery with your faith and soul.
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