Lately I have thought about some lines from the poet Rainer Maria Rilke: “Be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves.” Everyday, it seems, life presents new situations inviting us to trust ourselves and the Holy One within. Some days we respond well to life situations, other days we may react in ways not intended. Perhaps “the unsolved” has something to do with our quest for “perfection” which does not exist. Yet, attempting to be patient toward all that is not solved in our hearts and loving the questions themselves keeps us going deeper to experience the divine healer of our souls.
In the Gospel of Luke 5:1-11 from the Christian scriptures, Jesus encourages the disciples to “put out into deep water and lower your nets for a catch.” Are we talking about fish? Are we talking about vocations to religious life which is sometimes attributed to this scripture passage. Perhaps one, perhaps both. Perhaps neither. Could it be Jesus is telling us to go deeper inside ourselves for the wisdom, energy and guidance to rest our troubled hearts? Jesus tells us to not be afraid to go deeper…and in this we have our invitation to freedom and new life.
Our invitation is to embrace the deep.
Blessings and peace