What I Do Know

A Poem:

There are so many things that I don’t know. The older I get the more I realize it is true:

I am limited.  I am so very limited.  My knowledge, insight, and wisdom have bounds.

I do not know why bad things happen to good people or why we feel pain or why we suffer.

I do not know exactly what we are doing here or exactly where we go when we’re all done.

I do not know what God’s name actually is or even if he has a specific one or if he’s even a he at all.

But when I feel the gritty sand in my toes…  when I hear the powerful waves crash on the Oregon shore… when I see the Pacific Ocean to my left and the mighty forest to my right…

What I Do Know

I know that I have seen God.  I have heard God.  I have felt God against my skin.

And really- what more must I know?

I do not know if my politics are spot on or even worth discussing, and I’m unsure if yours are too.

I do not know if the battles I fight are worthy of the time, energy, blood, tears, and bursting passion.

I do not know if the words I speak or the words I write make a difference to the world (God, let them, please).

But when I see my lovely friend smile brightly as she looks at her pregnant belly… when I see a belly that is expanding with brand new life… when I see a belly that is expanding with love…

What I Do KnowI know that life matters.  I know that life is special.  I know that life is beautiful.

And really- what more must I know?

Nothing, really.  There’s nothing more.

I will rest in this. I will hold on to that.  It is more than enough for me.

3 thoughts on “What I Do Know

  • May 30, 2014 at 8:29 pm

    Thanks for making me cry! Wonderful!

  • May 30, 2014 at 9:21 pm

    You made me cry!!! Love you Taylor. And your amazing words. Thank you for exploring Oregon with me. And being such a blessing of a friend!


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