We often may not realize it but sometimes one of the best things about life is that we don’t know what lies ahead. It’s the whole mystery of it that keeps us moving forward, anxious to know what is going to happen next. Sure, there are those tough turns down the highway when we’d much rather prefer seeing what we’re getting ourselves into, but think about it… if we knew the ending to our story would we still do things the way we would if we didn’t?
Consider someone who dies young — maybe at the age of 9 — because of an unfortunate act of violence in school. If his parents knew how this their son’s life would end do you think they would still send him to school? I suppose not. I suppose they’d have him home-schooled and never let him out of the house, or out of their sight for that matter.
Consider someone who never wins the lottery. If he knew he would die without ever winning, do you think he’d keep buying those tickets? I’m guessing he’ll invest that money in business instead, or in some other dream he’s got buried deep down but never had the time or the resources to begin with.
Consider someone on a first date. If the guy tells the girl everything he’s been planning, where he intends the relationship to go in the next year, the next five years, the next ten years, how many kids they would have, what they would do during school nights, where they would go for vacations, and what the rest of their retirement would be like, do you think she’d still go for it? Chances are, he’ll end up scaring her away. These issues aren’t supposed to come up until shortly before the engagement, or halfway through the relationship.
Oftentimes we fool ourselves by thinking that people like security so much so that they would rather have the whole future laid out before them instead of taking it in one little day at a time. It’s taking that leap of faith that makes everything worth it, not knowing how long it’s going to take before you reach the bottom, and not knowing whether you’ll fall into a humongous pile of thorns or plunge in a cool, refreshing tub of water.
It’s the way God keeps us guessing that makes us want to open the gift of every single day. It’s the little mysteries that keep us reading page after thrilling page of what we call Life.