Christ is Risen!
Once and for all, we have to stop trying to figure things out. God can illumine our mind and give us insight into the nature of things, but we can’t figure it out. We don’t have the equipment to do it, and we should stop trying.Father Thomas Hopko
I have been thinking on this Maxim all day. What does one say about this Maxim? As I was reading and praying, and searching, something came to me.
In the realm of Facebook (my hubby likes to call it Facade-book), we often do live in the imagination of our hearts. We work so hard to let people see only the good things that happen in our lives. Facebook has created an atmosphere where we must analyze and try to figure out what people really mean or what they are thinking. I think this way of existence is exhausting.
Keeping up with the Joneses went up to a whole new level when social media was created. Not only do we try to keep up with our neighbors now, but we try to keep up with all our “friends” as well. And if we don’t, we at least pretend we can.
There can be good in social media. I have met so many people who have become real life friends. People I’ve met in person and have become sources of inspiration and encouragement. They have moved into my reality.
But we need to be careful about the imagination and fantasy that can be created as well.
I doubt this is what Fr. Thomas was really talking about when he added this to his 55 Maxim list but in this day and age, it probably could be.
In the quote above he talks about that we need to stop figuring it all out. There is rarely a rhyme or reason to why things happen in life. But when we dwell on the why’s, we quickly lose sight of the one thing needful. Often times the “why” just needs to be replaced with a focus on Christ and learning to trust in Him. Once we trust in Him all else will fall into place.
Telling us to “stop figuring it out” reminds me of Proverbs 3:5-6
Trust in the Lord with all your heart,Proverbs 3:5-6
And lean not on your own understanding;
In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He shall direct your paths.
If we fully trusted in God we wouldn’t care about figuring it all out right now.
Have a blessed week, my joys!
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