Thursday, June 14, 2012


I am exploring a mystery for the new book I am writing, and every time I think I have solved it, I find out something else that throws snares around my theory. I think I am on the right track, the quarry is in my net, but it is not certain I will bag it. I find myself yo-yoing wildly with elation and despair each time a new fact corroborates or refutes my supposition. I am learning a great deal about pursuing an elusive conundrum. Much of any success hinges on asking the right questions of the right authority. In this case, the eye witnesses are dead, so I must rely on ancient texts, if I can find them, and then on interpretation of the data from knowledgable sources I can trust. Many of my sources have told me my assumptions are wrong. I just keep digging anyway and some of my conclusions have been, in the end, correct. I am not there yet, but I am closing in.

How like the search for God this is! Just when I think I understand His reasons, His purpose, His plan...He wiggles away into a perplexing place I cannot quite reach. The eye witnesses to Jesus are all dead, and all I have left is the ancient text to corroborate the truth of what He claimed. The more I dig through the Bible, the more I understand, but my understanding is incomplete, and at times, dead wrong. But each search leads me closer to the Answer, to Truth. It is not a passive search. It is an active, exciting, and continual exploration. It is key that I ask the right questions of the right Authority, or all is lost. And through it all, the Search has become all consuming and perhaps even more important than the end result.

Job 28:11-12
They search the sources of the rivers
and bring hidden things to light. But where can wisdom be found?
Where does understanding dwell?

Proverbs 2: 4-6
and if you look for it as for silver
and search for it as for hidden treasure, then you will understand the fear of the Lord
and find the knowledge of God. For the Lord gives wisdom;
from his mouth come knowledge and understanding.

-save a dog-

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