As much as I always encourage people to persevere especially when their hearts are set to really achieve something worthwhile, I also tell them one of the hallmarks of maturity and sound decision making is to cultivate the art of knowing when to walk away from unrealistic goals. No one likes to fail. We all hate to be quitters. But then, there are some things in life that just would never change. No matter how hard you try, they just can’t be fixed. We live in a vast complex world and the earlier we accept there will always be some things that will remain outside our comprehension, the better it is for our peace of mind.
People get irrational, things go unexpectedly wrong or right and it just won’t make sense. Inspite of the abundance of resources available to us today, isn’t it funny that life is so dynamic that its challenges keeps getting more complicated. It’s always the case of “just when I had the answer, I forgot the question”. Spending time trying to figure out everything will only keep throwing us into further confusion. We need to realize that a broader perspective and better understanding of life’s issues could also result from our walking away and letting time and space open up new revelations about these mysteries. We could then see the folly in our plans or even uncover reasons to thank God for our letting go.
“The LORD looks down from heaven and sees the whole human race. From His throne He observes all who live on the earth. He made their hearts, so he understands everything they do” -Psalm 33:13-15 NLT.
Life’s mysteries and complications are simply God’s way of reminding us that this is His world, not ours. He’s the only one that understands and supersedes every events and laws of nature. He knows the end, even from the beginning and sure understands when and why everything happens in life. Amidst life’s confusion, rather than hold on to the faulty assumption that we control the world around us, we should work hard to give life our best shot and ultimately make God, who created and understands everything our only guide and anchor. That’s peace beyond understanding!