I do not have a bunch of answers for the issues that arise from our human limitations while we simultaneously desperately want to believe. For Christians, we wrestle with the notion that we are created in the image of God. We are taught that we have the capacity to “bring it” - which to me means that when God calls us, we can respond in obedience AND participate in his bigger story. And I love the story. It’s a story of God’s presence and love for his people. It’s a hope for tomorrow as we wait confidently for God to do his thing.
I have so very few answers.
But I suspect that this “not knowing” can be a beautiful thing, although scary to admit. It goes back to Brene Brown’s work. She encourages us to be step into vulnerability even as we brave the wilderness of sometimes standing alone for what we believe to be right and true.
What is more humbling than “not knowing”? But we do not know. That is a truth.
Historically we can look back and name all the times we did what we thought was right, only to learn that we were wrong. How many times have well-intentioned men and women tripped up and ended up on the wrong side of history? Too many times to count.
Why would we be different?
When we get real about all the things we do not know, could be wrong about, etc. etc., then we are free to get curious. Lose judgmental opinions. Gain empathy and compassion. Or, experience the very word of God:
Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see. Hebrews 11:1 NIV
We are coming to believe that God loves us and doesn’t leave us; we hope for His work in our world; we are certain that the future is still in process; just because we cannot see and do not know does NOT mean grace is not happening. How can you get more curious?