wander or wonder
I buried myself in spreadsheets at work—grateful for a looming deadline—to distract from the barrage of the news hitting ever closer to home.
But as I left the busyness of business behind, the quiet of the commute betrayed me. My mind looped in hopeless circles.
A few weeks ago, I downloaded the newest release of one of my favorite groups, but I hadn’t listened to it enough to sing along yet. So I turned it on as I drove and focused hard on the lyrics.
A song came on about sorrow and chaos. It felt all too appropriate, but I couldn’t quite make out the chorus. Was it “but I know, I know / You remain the same / even in, even in / my wandering” or “but I know, I know / You remain the same / even in, even in / my wondering?”
One little vowel makes such a big difference. I might not be wandering right now, but, oh, I am wondering.
I wonder . . .
If not now, when?
Why her (or him or them or us)?
Why not her (or him or them or us)?
To what end?
Does it matter?
I don’t know. All the wondering in the world won’t soothe the sorrows or still the chaos. “But I know, I know / You remain the same.”
And I hold on to that unchanging Hope in the wondering . . . and wandering.
I wrote this one year ago today. I have the same annual deadline this week, and once again I find myself grateful for the distraction and dismayed by the barrage of news that one year later has only gotten worse . . . and closer to home. But I’m still listening to that album on repeat, and Hope remains unchanged.
I’ve been doing a lot if that myself recently. How reassuring that we have a God who never fails us.
Right? And so hard to wrap my mind around the idea that He truly “never fails”…in contrast to our very fallible world!
I have been humming “I wonder as I wander…” all day.
Praising God for His sovereignty!
Love that song!
There is so much depth and breadth and power in the word “HOPE.” My hope is built on nothing less than Jesus’ blood and righteousness . . .” as there is nothing else that can ‘carry’ our hope… Thanks for your words, as always.
“Hope” seems to be the word I’ve circled back to the most in the past six months (and with good reason), but I love your phrase “there is nothing else that can ‘carry’ our hope”—how often I forget it’s already being carried by the only One capable.
“unchanging Hope.” That’s what we have in this crazy uncontrollable world. thanks for reminding me Kristen. xox
Isn’t that an interesting juxtaposition? “unchanging Hope” and “uncontrollable world”—I’m so prone to letting the world cloud my focus on the Hope. Something for me to be much more aware of now!
Oh gosh Kristen, I’m constantly distracted by all the things in my day, from the richness of the Hope we have! Love your blog–so insightful and true. xo