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May 2

I Love Mysteries

Posted on Wednesday, May 2, 2012 in Uncategorized

I live in Minnesota and recently a local baseball player, Scott Baker, required arm surgery.

Baker, according to, “was scheduled for surgery to clean scar tissue off a flexor tendon, a procedure that would have required about six months of rehabilitation. Instead, he will miss at least 12 months.”

I love mysteries.  I love pondering mysteries.  I love trying to solve mysteries.  I wonder:

Why did two MRI exams failed to detect a tear in Baker’s ligament?
What causes baseball pitchers to have such a high rate of elbow injuries?  

While the answer “arm strain” is obvious, I loved reading ESPN’s article “Force of habit” examines the subject in detail.

There are clues to some of the riddles of why, but real answers are usually very complex.

Unsolved Mysteries About People

You have your own unsolved mysteries, but here are a few of mine:

Why are some of the strongest men I know also the laziest?
Why are some of the most caring women I know also the most emotionally unstable?
Why are some of the smartest guys I know also the most foolishly impulsive?
Why are some of the most street-smart girls I know still duped by smooth talkers?

There are clues to some of the riddles of why, but real answers are usually very complex.

Theological Questions

While examining the Genesis account of Adam and Eve and the “Serpent” a TreeHouse teen named Jim asked a question he intended to be sarcastic: “Why would anyone even listen to a #^(<|~* snake anyway?”

Though I felt annoyed at Jim’s disruptive quest for attention, I thought his question was profound.  

Why would anyone ever listen to the serpent?  

I spent that night, and the days that followed, reading and quizzing theologians looking to find out the answer to that question.

There are clues to some of the riddles of why, but real answers are usually very complex.

Frankly, another mystery runs through my mind much more often: “Why had I never asked that question?

Bring on the comments

  1. What’s always been a mystery to me is why the serpent approached Eve rather than Adam ?

  2. Insightful question!

    My first thought was, “Was Eve more trusting?”
    My second, “Was Adam as skeptical as me?”

  3. […] I wondered yesterday: […]

  4. So as I consider myself one of the “caring women who are the most emotionally unstable”, I thought of an answer to your question you posed last night.

    It’s because we give all our “stable” emotions to others and leave non for ourselves.

  5. Cool insight!
    I would then add, from Psalm 20
    In times of trouble, may the Lord answer your cry.
    keep you safe from all harm.
    May he send you help…and strengthen you
    May he remember all your gifts and look favorably on you
    May he grant your heart’s desires and make all your plans succeed.
    May the Lord answer all your prayers.

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