Mysteries, Maps and Clowns: The Predictability of the Unknown


“Mystery creates wonder and wonder is the basis of man’s desire to understand.”  Neil Armstrong

Fog and Sun I

Orchard Fog and Sun ©Suzanne Lorenz 2009

 I’ve always been fascinated by the mysterious. I love mystery stories, books, photographs, movies and people. I loved Bible stories when I was a child. How did the water turn to wine? How did Lazarus come back to life? What in the world was Revelations really saying?

As an adult I still love the mystic qualities of spirituality, art, music and the ethereal.  I love engaging in the mysterious potential and challenge of trying to understand the obscure. When I don’t know something, my curiosity is engaged, my interest peaks. When I start to read a book or look at a movie, I like the attentiveness that my mind and senses are engaged in.  What will happen on the next page, the next frame? As a hiker in nature, I’m drawn to what’s just past that curve, beyond that hill.  As a social scientist, I never tire in knowing what causes someone to make that life decision, come to that conclusion that has them crushed or unhappy or abundant or free?


Petroglyphs @ Ginko Petrified Forest State Park,Vantage, Wa.

©Suzanne Lorenz 2015

Of course, the magical has its shadow side.  I want to know things I can’t know.  What is in the future? What is in the past? (What do those petroglyphs mean?)  What is death like? How will a stressful situation be solved or an abusive action be explained? How did Trump get elected? How does the Divine work? What is beauty? No matter how curious, I can’t always know the answers.

Books, movies, magicians, the sciences, religion are sometimes a welcome relief to this impossible not knowing. We count on them to find the answers, solve the puzzle. I count on that predictability to sooth my anxieties and calm my fears.


Ocean Fog ©Suzanne Lorenz 2016

“Faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.” Hebrews 11:1

This is the first part of a 3 part series. As always, I would love to hear or read your feedback.


4 thoughts on “Mysteries, Maps and Clowns: The Predictability of the Unknown”

  1. Thanks Suzanne. I especially appreciate the soft fog images. For me, lasting calm most often comes to me in an experience I *feel* rather than an experience involving my thoughts.

  2. And what does it mean when the entire world is founded on the idea of original sin, the fall of man, eating from the tree of knowledge of good and evil? The only tree God told us not to eat from: knowledge. Where we could eat from everywhere else in the garden, but not from this tree, but we did.

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