It’s The “Not Knowing”

“Follow me.”  Matthew 4:19 (and many other places).

I believe it was Bruce Kramer writing in his book We Know How This Ends who spoke of traveling to foreign countries as a way to re-enter one’s childhood. Kramer and his wife traveled extensively before his illness with ALS made it impossible to do so. For Bruce, it was all the “not knowing” – from something as basic as the language to the more subtle cultural nuances that are difficult, if not impossible to either anticipate or comprehend. This meant that he entered a kind of innocence that is reserved for the very young. It meant you could ask “How” and “Why” over and over again without people thinking you a pest. In fact, often times people enjoy explaining the finer points of their lives, the things that are so common to them they no longer even recognize their influence.

What is it that makes something an “adventure”? It’s the not knowing. That is one of childhood’s premier characteristics. It’s what we teach and train out of the little ones.

Perhaps to follow Jesus means to acquire again the childlike quality of innocent ignorance. And if we think about it, perhaps the loss of humility is, for many people, one of adolescent’s greatest tragedies. Isn’t that the age when we think we know it all? When we stop asking “Why” and when we are no longer interested in “How” the adventure becomes mundane.

Follow Jesus today, and get in line for the adventure that spans a lifetime. The language of the Spirit is ever unfolding. The “culture” of the Trinity is full of nuance. Don’t be so busy taking pictures that you miss the experience.

An adventuresome Tuesday to you.

Mark Demers

Want to talk about sex, politics, spirituality? So do I. I grew up in a religious home in the 1950’s and 1960’s. Our country was reeling from assassinations and the devastation of the Viet Nam War. Looking for something beautiful, I got a degree in music, married the love of my life and had children. Looking for God, I then went to seminary. Looking for something that might transform the world, I became a local church pastor. Now, I’m always looking for people who want to talk about important things. I cherish conversations with emerging leaders, people who are antsy to try an idea they believe would change the world for the better. I’d would love to hear from you.