What do we do when we experience profound dissatisfaction in parts of our lives?

I don’t have a complete answer to offer. (Hopefully, I’ve grown a little less foolish than that.) For now, just this quote:

I would like to beg you dear Sir [or Ma’am, in the interest of gender inclusiveness with quote applicability], as well as I can, to have patience with everything unresolved in your heart and to try to love the questions themselves as if they were locked rooms or books written in a very foreign language. Don’t search for the answers, which could not be given to you now, because you would not be able to live them. And the point is to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps then, someday far in the future, you will gradually, without even noticing it, live your way into the answer.

-Rainer Maria Rilke in Letters to a Young Poet

Ah! Another work to add to my reading list! Not a few of the yet un-fulfilled desires in my life are represented by the titles that are still to be read on my list… But speaking further of such things, I’m also not yet satisfied with this post. So! Here’s another offering of words not my own that I rather like…

He [God] may delay because it would not be safe to give us at once what we ask: we are not ready for it. To give ere we could truly receive, would be to destroy the very heart and hope of prayer, to cease to be our Father. The delay itself may work to bring us nearer to our help, to increase the desire, perfect the prayer, and ripen the receptive condition. -George MacDonald

I LOVE MacDonald. If you enjoy reading anything in the fairy tale/fantasy family and haven’t encountered him yet, add him to your list. If you wouldn’t normally describe your literary preferences with those terms, still, add him to your list…In fact, if you wouldn’t normally describe yourself as much of a “literary person” at all, nevertheless, add MacDonald to your list! (Don’t have a list? Make one! Here, I can help you with the first entry: 1. George MacDonald. Enjoy!)

And at the risk of being too quotatious (it’s a word, really; check out the definition at, I’d like to share the words of one other person who kinda trumps all the other authors on any list. These words came to mind as I’ve been writing this post:

I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. -Jesus to his disciples, John 16:12

We’re not meant to receive everything all at once; I don’t know or understand it all, and probably won’t anytime soon (insert wry smile here: ___.) But that’s ok. In fact, that’s more than ok. That’s good. Because He knows. And He’s good. And there’s the promises that, for those who love Him, all will be made good; and in Him, dissatisfaction and unfulfilled desires won’t remain dis/unsatisfied and unfulfilled, nor truth obscured, nor knowledge unrevealed…but they are hidden in Him, and only found in Him. And that’s an incomplete description, and what is here is imperfectly presented…

And that’s enough for tonight. Perhaps a lighter post next time-more on Humphrey?


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