I was researching a question for someone, and I came across this in my work: The struggles you probably face in living a life centered on God–while they may be new to you–are not new to humankind.
This feels to me like a very good reminder. It’s an impressive statement because it speaks to my own inferior places, my own fears, and my own hardships. But it’s equally impressive because it’s right.
What we’ve experienced as we’ve attempted our religious reaches toward God, our responses to the One who has always reached first, these experiences are common. Humans have always sensed the Divine, and humans have always experienced that sense as inviting and terrifying, as worthy and hard, as beauty and horror.
It’s the origin of creativity and art and prayer and sex and sleep and addiction. At the bottom of us is the mixed experience of struggle and relief which responds to great love. And our struggles are not new. They’ve been lived through before.
May we take comfort in the stories of others who have been where we’re headed and who have left good instructions for the paths under our feet.