Curiosity Can Bring Us Home
It is said that curiosity killed the cat. And while the origin of that particular phrase remains a mystery, human curiosity is indeed a private thing, the satisfying of a need. In times gone by, curiosity was the mettle that motivated explorers to move forth. It was, as noted by Venetian Ludovico Di Varthema in the 16th century, “a desire to behold the kingdoms of the world.”
And curiosity does indeed beat within all of us. It is in childhood where we find that our curiosities are vast. Leading us to ponder and even wonder about the world and the heavens. And marvel. As we grow older, questions about the vast unknown beyond our daily precepts continue to intrigue us. And lead us to pause and ask the question of origins and our purpose in life. Eternity has been set in the hearts of all (Ecclesiastes 3.11). A longing for something bigger and better than ourselves. Searching for answers. A yearning. For meaning. For identity. For home.
As we navigate the storms of life, curiosity can bring us home. If we but let it.
For some there is a realization that we are truly not alone. That life and our very being was not mindless happenstance. The Athenians of old wondered as well. And they acknowledged that their very existence was attributed to someone greater than themselves. Who, as Paul reasoned with them, was not far from each of us (Acts 17.27b). Perhaps they, like the psalmist, looked to the heavens and their particular finite state and reflected…
“When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is man that you are mindful of him, and the son of man that you care for him?”
Curiosity leading to faith. A rationale understanding that there is One in whom we have our own being. In Him, we are. In Him, we be. In Him, we exist and are present.
And so, we pause and reflect. Thus, curiosity has caused men throughout time to search and explore. Approaching each day with a sense of wonder. And in that wonder, germinated from curiosity, we can attain the epic. And come to an understanding of the infinite. A sovereign Creator to whom we all must give an account to. The One whom we approach for mercy and grace. Why? Because we are indeed His offspring. And there lies within all an innate desire to be protected and saved from ourselves. And from the evil one. Whether we acknowledge it or not, curiosity continues to be the initial spark moving us forth. To question. To seek answers. And gain an understanding that there is One who we are accountable to.
Curiosity may have killed the cat. But curiosity can and will continue to lead many to the cross. Satisfying the desire to behold the one true kingdom of the world.
Curiosity brought me home. My prayer is that it will have the same effect on you too.