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Certainties and Icebergs

by J Patrick Bowman  
7/14/2019 / Writing


I hadn’t planned on writing today. In fact, my plan was to spend the whole day reading. But then in my reading, I came across this quote by sculptor Henry Moore that encouraged me to write: “The secret of life is to have a task, something you devote your entire life to, something you bring everything to, every minute of the day for the rest of your life. And the most important thing is, it must be something you cannot possibly do.”

The thing that struck me the most is the last sentence. We spend so much of our life in the safety of what’s comfortable for us; the things we definitely know we can do. Most writers and preachers, and those of us not sure which we chiefly are most days, tend to sail the seas of familiarity in ships of iron-clad certainty. And it takes just one iceberg intercepting our course to sink our delirium.

Ah, but to commit fully to that which we know we cannot possibly do takes faith. Faith that the task is overwhelming to us in our own strength of mind and heart, and faith that with God’s help we have a chance. Faith pokes a big hole in our boat but also plugs the hull with a strength we never imagined. Faith tears down our illusions and replaces them with God’s reality. My part is to stay in the water.

Rev. J. Patrick Bowman is an ordained Christian minister, author, and educator. He lives and ministers from The Dalles, OR in the midst of the scenic Columbia River Gorge. He is "Papa Pat" to his grandkids and to whoever the Lord may send his way. Learn more at revjpbowman.com or www.gorgefaith.org

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