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Delightful Confusion: A poem about faith, and the hope and delight it can bring even in times of confusion and uncertainty
Posted by Douglas, Feb 13, 2008. 2039 views. ID = 589

Delightful Confusion

Posted by Douglas, Feb 13, 2008. 2039 views. ID = 589
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The phrase "Delightful Confusion" was coined over breakfast with Trent yesterday.

The context was (seemingly) unrelated to the theme of this poem. We were talking about the television show LOST, and the sense of wonder and delight that accompanies the confusion of all the mysteries that show presents.

And the only reason we have that sense of delightful confusion is because we have confidence that at some point, the writers will resolve all the mysteries and bring everything to a satisfying and just conclusion.

And then it occurred to me: without faith, it is impossible to go through life with that sense of Delightful Confusion.
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I cannot see one single point
Beyond this present time;
I can't predict the paths of fate.
I know not what the future holds
Around that twisting bend,
Or what startlements lie in wait.

I barely know the paths I've trod
That led me to this point,
With rhyme and reason shrouded still.
I wonder at the things I've seen
Of dreams long past and gone -
Achieved at last or unfulfilled.

But this I know with certainty,
Though life is still unsure
I walk by faith and not by sight.
So I will walk, and carry on
With confidence and hope,
And in confusion find delight.

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Feb 13, 2008
Solomon understood the difference between delightful confusion and distorted confusion. He captured it in Ecclesiastes.
   ~Posted by Trent, Feb 13, 2008

Sylvan Sylph
Feb 14, 2008
This is an excellent depiction of what it means to have faith in God, and to trust Him to work out everything in our lives. I can definitely use the reminder right now (and every day). Thanks for posting this.
   ~Posted by Sylvan Sylph, Feb 14, 2008

Feb 28, 2008
This is one of those poems that you always go back to when you're at a low point in your life. :) It was great.
   ~Posted by Hannah, Feb 28, 2008

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