One Is The Loneliest Number
The pursuit of truth is a lonely game. A solo project. Independent by necessity. There is the call and desire. There is the journey. There is the excitement at the possibility of unveiling once hidden knowledge. There is the voracious consumption of information, of vetting sources, of cross-referencing, of keeping up the guard, lest you be fooled. All of it (usually) experienced alone. On your own time.
And it’s not that you necessarily want it to be that way, but that’s just the way it is.
At some point, though, the focus changes from personal discovery to the the desire to share with others. It’s a logical step. Why wouldn’t other people want to know what you have discovered? It’s no secret, TRUTH is an elixir enjoyed most in the company of others.
But that’s when the loneliness kicks in.
It doesn’t matter who you share with – husband, wife, boyfriend, girlfriend, friend, neighbor, father, mother, aunt, uncle, cousin, or anyone else you feel so inclined to – odds are resistance is inevitable. Because very few people are on the same path of discovery, seeking the same truths, and it’s especially unlikely that a perfect match is within your current circle of relationships. What one person finds worthy of pursuing, another may find undeniably drab. And our propensity for sharing with exuberance instead of calculated clarity often blurs the intended message.
But these aren’t the only reasons for the disconnect.
There’s another reason seemingly out of our control that gets in the way – Truth is selective, generally revealing itself to whom it wishes. That isn’t to say that the revealing of truth is some mystical, magical experience only reserved for the wisest of sages. Quite the contrary. But it can be biased. Because the Revealer of Truth is in control and He reveals to whom He pleases.
Consider the following verses of Scripture:
Daniel 2:22 “He reveals deep and secret things; He knows what is in the darkness, And light dwells with him.”
Proverbs 25:2 “It is the glory of God to conceal a matter, but the glory of kings is to search out a matter.”
Deuteronomy 29:29 “The secret things belong to the Lord our God, but those things which are revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may do all the words of this law.”
It’s quite clear that certain truths are hidden, concealed by God for His purposes. And oftentimes He reveals them in His timing to whom He chooses. Also of consequence is that He wants each of us to search out hidden truths in order for Him to reveal them. If someone hasn’t ‘chosen’ to search for a certain truth, it’s quite possible that when presented with new information it will fall on deaf ears for that very reason. They are in part blinded by their own disinterest, purposeful or not.
So what does all this mean for the truth seeker?
Be prepared. It’s lonely out there. You will feel abandoned. You will be confused. You will be frustrated. You’ll wonder why they can’t see it. You’ll contemplate what can be said in order to convince them. You’ll question why they don’t share the same joy in your discovery. You may even question their lack of intelligence! But just know that resistance is inevitable, even from those closest to you. It can be a source of discouragement if you let it. It can be a catalyst for abruptly stopping your own pursuit of truth if you encounter too much of it.
It doesn’t have to be that way though. If you know going in there will likely be resistance, you can minimize the effects. Because the alternative is to not share with anyone. And that’s not healthy either. Sharing with others let’s us work out what has been revealed, to articulate it further, so that we can fully grasp the revelation ourselves.
And finally remember who is ultimately in control of Truth. All Truth. He’s selective when it comes to removing the blinders and has undoubtedly revealed things to those around you which aren’t even on your radar. That alone should keep you grounded, and from forcing the issue. Let truth take it’s course.
IT will reveal itself on it’s own time.