It was easy to love God in all that was beautiful. The lessons of deeper knowledge, though, instructed me to embrace God in all things. — St. Francis of Assisi
Followers of the Pew know I occasionally come across a phrase that gets me thinking. Today’s words, “The lessons of deeper knowledge” woke me up. What do you think St. Francis meant? Is it wisdom that comes from age and experience? Is it lessons of life we only learn from repeating mistakes over and over? Are the lessons learned only through a deeper relationship with God, or some combination of lessons and wisdom?
Maybe we have to look at St. Francis’s context. He reminds us it is easy to love God in what is beautiful. Spring is full of nature’s beauty right now. In Charlotte everything is blooming and everywhere one turns we see a tapestry of green and bright colors. It is easy to see God out my window today. But only after many years of life and experience can I love and experience God in the aftermath of a tornado or violent thunderstorm. April showers bring May flowers, but they also bring devastating floods and mudslides.
The lessons of deeper knowledge are hard learned, but after decades of being hit like the proverbial mule between the eyes with a two by four the lessons of deeper knowledge sink in. What lessons have you learned that instruct you to embrace God in all things? A question worth your time and thought?