This morning I woke up with some curious thoughts upon my mind. It was actually in the form of observing two people doing life differently. One was doing things selfishly, trying to force upon others his incomplete ideas and conclusions, always pushing. The other was doing life gently, not pushing, but waiting for a sort of peace. Oddly still the subject was about understanding issues of life.
For most of us it takes all day long for us to digest one small important thought for life. In order for that thought to materialize in making sense to us, we have to spend some time with it. It requires a lot of mulling over. We have to work our way around it from every angle we can think of.
If we push on it too hard it slips through our mind like a wet fish and we have to scramble to get it back. These things are fragile. Understandings of life and comprehension of deeper issues strangely can fracture right in the midst of our musings; almost as if we were holding them in our hands too tightly.
The hard way to do this thing of trying to understand life, why we are here, what is our purpose and so on, is to push, scramble, grasp, and even try to claim we have something we only saw a glimpse of. The reason it is the hard way is that this desire to know something of these questions does not go away. It will eat at us. We are human. From the deepest parts of our soul and innermost being, we do want to know why we are here: "what am I alive for". And we know when the answer we've got isn't the whole story, or isn't the 'real' answer.
The easy way to find these answers is to love. It is the primary command from God. (Luke 10:27) When we do whatever it is that we need to do with the gentle compassion of godly love, considering other's needs first, that we have our eyes attuned and refocused to actually see spiritual truths. So many times Scripture speaks of people having ears but not hearing, and eyes but not seeing. The key to understandings of life is to first love God with our whole being and then deeply care about other's welfare and to let them know that you care.
The reason this is the less complicated way of doing life, is because we are yielding to God when we seek the way of love. The Holy Spirit is then able to reach us and reveal the mysteries of God (1 Cor. 2:10-12) that we so long to know. God has reasons why He formed each one of us with our unique personalities and tendencies. As we love and adore God and have compassion and care for others, the Holy Spirit is then able to reveal the answers to our questions along with many other spiritual mysteries of life. And then it is our work to wait upon the Lord for more, holding gently the mysteries He gives to us.