Embrace the Mystery

"The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science. He to whom this emotion is a stranger, who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead: his eyes are closed." - Albert Einstein

I know it’s hard to imagine, but I think Einstein was on to something. Mystery embodies the core of the human experience. We relate to and are drawn toward the mysterious at the moment we take our first breath until the day we take our last. It is part of who we are, what we sense, how we think and interact. Our Creator designed us to be driven by what we can’t, but desperately want to see. 

This wonder and sincere yearning fuels desire and lends vitality to our own existence. Mystery makes us feel alive and on the edge of our seat. When we think we have it all figured out, there are startling plot twists and unexpected events. Consequently, no matter how mundane or routine we presume our life to be, it always captures a bit of mystery.

If there was no mystery, our journeys would be monotonous and boring. We would be a people without dreams, vision, imagination and inspiration. We would lack the tenacity to understand what we can’t comprehend. The drama and charm of our stories would be replaced by predictability and quiet desperation. The depth of our souls would become shallow. We would be without hope, faith, assurance, and the longing for eternal life.

Taking away the mystery would spoil the intrigue and pervert the theme of the story. The innocent questions of children would be drowned out by the vain solutions of know-it-alls. There would be no debate on the subject of purpose and we would never sit in a coffee shop and discuss why we are here in the first place.

The loss of mystery would make us too reasonable. Risk-taking would give way to flawed logic and human frailty. All the challenges that deepen us would be sidestepped for the accessible conveniences that cause us to be weak and ungrateful. Tales that evoke sympathy would have no authors. Sad songs that pull on the heartstrings would have no writers and nostalgia would be overrated.

Yes, take away mystery and you take away the essence of life. Einstein says if we do, we might as well be dead. So, let's not disdain what we can't yet see. Let's embrace our mystery today and live.

LivingJason Autry