Acknowledging The Blanks

By: Gabriela Yareliz

It was a dark week on the news. I am not here to talk about suicide or anxiety and depression. (While these are important discussions). I am not here to talk about the talented people we lost this week. I am not here to talk about any of that. I am here to acknowledge.

When sad or bad things happen, in general, we seek answers, and as logical beings, we try to reason, categorize and judge (not necessarily in the negative sense of the word). As I was listening to Erwin McManus, I was reminded of this thought. I wanted to share, and I want us to remember this:

Religion pretends to have all the answers. Religion is not the same thing as faith. Religion is afraid of the blanks. Faith is not. If we are going to be sincere, faith doesn’t have the answers that fill in all the blanks. There are blanks in our lives that won’t be filled.

“Faith is not connected to what God does. Your faith has to be connected to who God is.” (Erwin McManus)

It’s not about having answers or solutions to everything. It’s about knowing the One who does– a Being that is beyond our comprehension. A God who is ever strong and loves you more than anything. Faith rests in knowing who God is.

May you reach out to Him in the blanks of life, and trust Him. Know that while you may not have all the answers, He is the answer to our pain; the hope in our circumstances (no matter how dark); the redemption.

Published by Gabriela Yareliz

Gabriela is a writer, editor and attorney. She loves the art of storytelling, and she is based in NYC.

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