Browsing through all these bloggy words, I happened upon a sentence that drew me in:
“Curiosity requires a degree of innocence, an underlying confidence that allows one to explore something without an overriding fear that one will be hurt in the process.”
Jnana’s Red Barn: http://jnanahodson.net/2014/04/03/engaging-the-gopis/ (comments) – reproduced here with Jnana’s agreement.
As I like this word “curious”, it was Jnana’s definition I found delightful.
“an underlying confidence …. without an overriding fear …one will be hurt …”
Doesn’t that catch your attention? Doesn’t that seem to underpin faith? Doesn’t that underpin trust? Doesn’t that underpin Love?
Then I saw this video on Facebook and went back to You Tube to plonk it here:
And after thoroughly enjoying the video, what struck me was this:
One road defying that definition. One bus defying that definition. One bus service running a schduled timetable defying all those definitions. Yet we are confident it must be safe. We trust we won’t get hurt. We have an underlying confidence. We do not have an overriding fear.
How easily we trust in “man made”. How much faith we place in “technology”. In ourselves. In the daftest of circumstances, in the scariest of places, in situations where we know others have died.
The list goes on: aeroplane travel; train travel; car travel; pedestrian travel; brushing our teeth (google it!); going up and down stairs … simply going about the business of living.
All of it carrying “acceptable” risk where others have died. We know this. We accept this. We have faith it will not happen to us. We gamble with risk every day of lives. And sometimes we lose (which is okay so long as it is others).
And then somewhere along our journey through life we bump into God. A God who comes risk free; completely free; who is the Love we seek; who has eternity enough to value me for who I am; for what I was created … Everything good wrapped up in one word: Love.
A love even better than the human “pot of gold” we chase so willingly and painfully – just so we can have that relationship with our human soul mate.
So I am curious. Why is it in this constant risk filled living we are all so good at, all so accepting of … Why when it comes to God = Love do we seem programmed to have: “an underlying fear …. without an overriding confidence …one WILL be hurt …”?
I remain curious.
>>> and – just because I love you – the Facebook link which began this morning’s mini-journey was another. It is the most heart-warming “prank” I have ever seen. Kind of applied Love in action! Enjoy …