“If you sit in a question, the answer will find you.”
Charlie Gilbert (as played by Owen Wilson in the movie, “Marry Me”)
I recently watched the romantic comedy, “Marry Me” starring Owen Wilson as Charlie Gibert and Jennifer Lopez as Kat Valdez. A feel good love story, there were some nice quotable lines, including the one above, which was a running theme of the movie. Charlie Gilbert is a high school math teacher who encourages his students by informing them that if they keep thinking and pondering a question the answer will eventually find them. The quote is a metaphor for their lives as both Charlie and Kat eventually find love and support from each other.
As much as I enjoyed the movie, it was this quotation that deeply resonated with me. As a physician, I have trained my entire life to ask questions. Am I sure of the diagnosis? Could I do more to help my patient? I have spent many sleepless nights pondering questions for which answers were not forthcoming. At times, I consulted with other experts but even then, the answers did not find me. Thus, as I pondered this quotation, I questioned its veracity. I realized that our knowledge of medicine is still limited and an answer may not find me even within my lifetime.
Perhaps my frustration is because of the source of the answers? For years, I pondered the question of whether God existed. I asked many people, friends, and religious teachers but the answer did not find me. It was only when I turned directly to God and asked Him to reveal Himself to me did I receive an answer. I began reading the Bible and praying to Him, even if I was unsure if He existed. After nearly six months of earnest searching, God dramatically revealed Himself to me and I accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior.
I love those who love me; and those who diligently seek me will find me.
Proverbs 8:17 (NASB)
The answer did find me. Praise God that He is the source and answer for all the questions of life.
Love and trust in the Lord; seek His will in your life.