Thursday, June 17, 2010

Overheard in Iowa

Or more specifically, in the women's washroom at the GMAP symposium. 

An older woman, lady #1 (and she couldn't have been past her mid 40s), was talking to a younger woman, lady #2, who was maybe her daughter, or maybe her student, but definitely someone she had a pretty well established relationship with. I can't remember every detail of their conversation, but my feelings were that of encouragement, of awe, of thankfulness. 

Lady 1 was talking about how she wanted to really grow into her name. I don't know what her name was, but it meant "Christ lover" - she said many times that she was so excited about the way God was going to keep growing her more and more into her name and to His likeness. That was pretty amazing to hear... Lady 2 was saying that she didn't know what she wanted to be. It went something like this - 

1: "You don't have to know exactly what you're going to be in the future - "
2: "But I do! How else am I gonna get there?"
1: "Just let it go! It's gonna happen as it happens and you don't need to see every detail of it"
2: "But how am I supposed to make it happen if I don't know what it's gonna be? I need to know!"
1: "You don't need to know it all. You can't put the scientific method to things like life or human nature."

Of course, everything was said much more smoothly than that - it was a like beautiful script from a well written movie.. Some people just have such a way with words. 

That's really something that we all need to hear sometimes. You can't put the scientific method to things like life or human nature.