One of the reasons I am infinitely glad to have journaled faithfully throughout the years is the unique perspective it provides when all is said and done. I will often dig out my old journals and read through past entries with pure fascination and curiosity as though someone else had written them.
I am so surprised to read about (and be reminded of) the worries, concerns, fears, victories and priorities of the past. And I am even more surprised (at times) to see how the situations (i.e. worries, concerns and fears) have worked themselves out. To take a step back and see the picture that time has painted for me. An image that time and only time truly can.
Time is incredible in that it is the only thing capable of explaining our lives to us with the greatest amount of detail and accuracy. When allowed to do it’s job… it will reveal secrets, provide solutions and share with us endings to stories and answers we’ve literally been dying to discover.
If you think about it… sometime when things are quiet and you have a few moments to be alone with your thoughts — write them down. Record them. Because I promise you that they will change and they will evolve and if you don’t… those thoughts and feelings may slip away from you.
One day—when all is said and done—you will stumble into the answers and they will not hold the value that they could have had you remembered to make note of the questions.
“Be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves, like locked rooms and like books that are now written in a very foreign tongue. Do not now seek the answers, which cannot be given you because you would not be able to live them. And the point is, to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps you will then gradually, without noticing it, live along some distant day into the answer.”
― Rainer Maria Rilke
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This reminds me of Matthew 6: 33-34:
But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. Therefore, do not be anxious for tomorrow, FOR TOMORROW WILL CARE FOR ITSELF.
Yes, we need to embrace the questions, knowing that our God will make things clear to us in His time.
Beautiful post – thanks for sharing! Have a Great Weekend:)
My word – I’m loving working my way through your posts!
I did just this last week – I went through part-completed and infrequently written journals covering the past 8 years… It was amazing to read the words I’d so passionately written all those years ago (in fact, I wish I’d written more frequently and over more time than just those few years). There was darkness and light, sadness and joy, despair and hope. And it showed me how much I’ve changed…grown…evolved even, over those years. It’s actually helped boost me a little while I’m going through my current challenge of finding my next job, and even better, as we move towards our ‘big’ anniversary, has helped me see how much my husband has been there for me, for us, through thick and thin.
Thanks for the great post!