Innerweave: The Wholeness Story
By Wil Alexander, PhD, Professor of family medicine, School of Medicine
In a recent issue of the journal Weavings the theme of the month was “Mystery.” One of the articles by Marilyn Chandler McEntyre commented on the mystery of trust as a form of freedom:
“Trust is a form of freedom. It is freedom from the need to control, and freedom from having to expend our energies proving our points and patching over the holes in our information, freedom from having to provide a fully coherent narrative and explain away all inconvenient inconsistencies. Trust liberates us to let things be, to take our questions one at a time, to ponder them peacefully, knowing ourselves all the time to be held in a loving and secure embrace of One who, despite not providing all the answers we want, supplies all our needs. Trust liberates us to live joyfully in the midst of mystery, delighting in the play of the mind, the poetic dimensions of mind and tongue, the rich possibilities of meaning available in a single story, and the safety we can experience against all rational odds in the presence of the God who is both the unimaginable Lord of the Universe and closer to us than our very breath.”
This must have been the freedom of the hymn writer Louisa Stead in her perennial favorite :
Tis so sweet to trust in Jesus
Just to take Him at His word
Just to rest upon His promise
Just to take Him at His word.
And what a delightful way to do theology!