We shall advance when we have learned humility;
when we have learned to seek truth, to reveal it and publish it;
when we care more for that than for the privilege of arguing about ideas in a fog of uncertainty.

Walter Lippmann, c.1917

We do not err because truth is difficult to see.
It is visible at a glance.
We err because this is more comfortable.

Alexander Solzhenitsyn

(Rock of Cashel, the Rock of St Patrick / Co Tipperary, Ireland / Julie Cook / 2015)

What is truth?

It is man’s most eternal quest…

We have often wondered if it was buried somewhere in the mix of stone and mortar,
those tangible breadcrumbs to man’s exhausting pursuit at leaving his mark.

Yet stone and mortar, as now wire and cable, each with time, are eventually left to erode and rust.

Truth is not found in the rusting or rotting of decay.

We have wondered if it is found in the intellect of thought and speech.
The defiance and defense of man’s existence…

Yet there is no truth to be found in fighting and fretting.

However for a certain percentage of humankind, those oft looked upon as foolhardy souls,
those who have openly accepted a fateful day as the hallmark of Truth,
Truth is found beyond the building blocks of civilizations,
beyond the liables and legalities…
and far from the might and power of man.

Truth, rather, is found in a most odd place…
A place no one had thought to look…

For Truth is found not in the vibrancy of life and in the yearnings of mere mortals….
but rather in the loss and darkness of the seemingly emptiness of death.

Albeit so sad and empty as this quest may all but seem,
This is not just any death in which Truth plays hide and seek…

For this Truth, this elusive wisp of shadows, is not found in our death…not yours and mine…
but rather in just one single death…

A single death experienced only once…not at all repeatedly…
Only singularly experienced for all of mankind.

“Our old man was crucified with him,
that the body of sin right be done away,
that so we should no longer be in bondage to sin”
(Romans 6:6)
That is not an exhortation to struggle.
That is history: our history, written in Christ before we were born.
Do you believe this?
It is true!

For the secret of deliverance from sin is not to do something but to rest on what God has done.
When you cease doing, then God will begin

Watchman Nee

So truth, it seems, is found in a single deed on a single day…
long ago and seemingly far away.

Yet is it really that far away….

“God is waiting for your store of strength to be utterly exhausted before He can deliver you.
Once you have ceased to struggle so hard, he will do everything.
God is waiting for you to despair.
He has done it all.”

Watchman Nee

9 comments on “Truth

  1. Tricia says:

    Lovely post Julie.

  2. ColorStorm says:

    I like that idea J that truth makes me uncomfortable. If it wasn’t so valuable, there would not be such a high price attached to it. And it comes with a price.

    Amazes me how one could ‘turn’ from the value of that death above deaths. Or maybe just maybe it was never faced. We turn To God from idols, we turn From darkness to light.

  3. theancients says:

    Beautifully said.
    Truth – for those humble enough to receive it.

    These truths always serve as a reminder to me of the awesomeness of God. His wisdom in using the things we despise & reject to nullify our so-called sophistication.

    If Jesus, the Son of God, Creator of the universe, is meek and humble, what does that say to us. Who are we, who are we trying to impress with our severely limited knowledge and understanding.

    Exactly true! – “When you cease doing, then God will begin
    Only when we’ve come to the end of ourselves will we find the beginning of God.

    Wonderful truths you’ve share. Thanks so much!

  4. “I am the way and the truth and the life,” said Jesus. What other truth do we need. The lessons here are tolerance, acceptance, and forgiveness.
    Whatever other truths there may be may not be revealed until we meet Jesus face to face. Great post as usual my friend. Love, N ๐Ÿ™‚ โค

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