“A bird doesn’t sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song.”
Birds do not exist to change their worlds—they exist to tweet their songs, fly majestically, and then eventually die. Their lesson for us is simplicity. They have a remarkably simple mission in life. Ours is not that much different.
Such profound, yet simple wisdom holds in the Maya Angelou quote—an extraordinarily grace-gifted sage of our present age.
An Inherent Truth – the Irrelevancy of Questions and Answers
We hold this and we hold life itself, truly.
We don’t have the answers. And most of the time we don’t even have the questions.
Answers and questions are often irrelevant.
Many people will have found their way in life by holding out on having the answers—they either know it all or have the means (they think) to know it all. Theirs is ‘wisdom’ but they are so wrong. Their wisdom has cut them off from curiosity; from learning—from wonder—for they have the answers already.
This is the devil’s delusion and crooked path of falsehood in life; but many wantonly live it, journeying this way—interminably and without question.
The Real Answer – Reclaiming Our Song
The truth is beyond the answer and way beyond the question. It is so simple we’ve passed over it many times; it stood there wondering why it had not been seen, noted and secured with the heartiest grasp.
This thing—this song—is WONDER. It is the song.
Everyone has it. It’s central to the heart of each person; the ‘person’ screaming from within each of us—clawing his or her way out into the world, to be accepted and set free to sing. It’s the power to look people in the eye with a quiet and firm confidence. It’s the seeking for truth, always, without fear of the personal cost, simply because it’s the right thing to do. It sings without fear of embarrassment and when it hears the sweet choral sounds emitted from itself it feels congruent and there are leaps of joy in the ascendancy of the spirit.
It’s rejection of the allure of answers and its own wisdom was, in fact, the answer.
Birds have this and so can we. It’s up to us to throw away the lie of our own wisdom to take up God’s cause and be sheltered under the eternal Wisdom—the song: Wonder.
© 2010 S. J. Wickham.