Being wrong is a curious thing. I’m the type of person who likes to be right about things. I like knowledge and I like to know what to look for in my everyday life. I like to think that I have a good understanding of people, politics and current my faith.
But this passed week as I read the Gospel I started to wonder what we lose when we think we already know everything. What could we be missing out on? What about knowing others? What could we be missing when we think we know others? The people around us? Our closest family and friends?
More importantly let’s turn this on to ourselves for a moment. How well do we know ourselves? It may be possible we are missing out on who we truly are and what we are capable of. Extend this thought, when we think we know everything how well do we really know God?
Maybe we don’t know as much as we think we do.
And I did not know Him and did not recognize Him; but it is in order that He should be made manifest and be revealed to Israel (be brought out where we can see Him) that I came baptizing in water. – John 1:31
Let’s turn to John the Baptist in the Gospel. When he spoke of being able to identify Jesus as the messiah he said he did know know. Think about this for a minute. This is a man who has baptized many people in Jordon. Jesus was only one of possibly hundreds of Baptisms. But Jesus was the Messiah and it was his willingness to admit his unknowing that he was able to recognize it. If John the Baptist thought he already knew God then he may have missed seeing who Jesus truly was. It was his willingness to admit that he did not know that allowed him to recognize Jesus as Lord.
We can adapt this into our own lives. How much do we really know? And are our preconceived notions getting in the way of knowing God? Being open to God takes patients and a willingness to admit we may be wrong about some things. There may be more to see than what you look for. Sometimes our vision are so limited to seeing what we think we know Jesus and may miss out on an incredible journey set before us. A subtle truth. One that may not always be so obvious.
So today I set some side aside to pray. I want to set aside my pride enough to see that there is a whole lot I still don’t know. I want to be humble in that respect. May Jesus show me that there is more to see that what we look for. More love. More kindness. More forgiveness.