The More I Learn, the Less I Know

I have the extraordinary privilege of being in Lebanon and just returned from a trip to Bekaa Valley.   There are thousands of refugees in the valley and we are with a group called Heart for Lebanon. Heart for Lebanon is working with 1300 families in 13 different camps. We visited the largest camp today. 

I so wish I could come away from these trips with more answers to a crisis, but the more I learn, the more I feel there are no easy answers. And sometimes I feel that there are no human answers at all. 

Human answers may provide an important packet of food, some medication, occasionally schools, but they can’t guarantee safety.  They can’t guarantee a hope or a future. They can’t guarantee a return home. 

We left early morning and returned well after sundown. As we drove back, a thick fog covered the mountain. Even with the head lights on bright, it was difficult to see more than a couple of feet ahead. And I thought how much this fog is like this refugee crisis. You can only see what’s right in front of you, everything else is the fog of the unknown.

But God knows. It’s what I cling to for those who I meet. God knows. He is the “God who Knows.” 

God sees. God hears. God remembers. God knows. I cling to this as I see the small offerings of help in response to massive human need. 

I said goodbye with the Arabic phrase “Allah maak” – “God be with you.” 

And I meant it with every fiber of my being. 



3 thoughts on “The More I Learn, the Less I Know

  1. You and Cliff are amazing. Is this Bekaa Valley the same one as mentioned in Ps 84? It seems very appropriate for you guys

    Blessed are those whose strength is in you,
    whose hearts are set on pilgrimage.
    6 As they pass through the Valley of Baka,
    they make it a place of springs;
    the autumn rains also cover it with pools.[d]
    7 They go from strength to strength,
    till each appears before God in Zion.

    I think I read once that Baka is the Valley of weeping and that as God’s people pass through it they turn it into a place of joy and refreshment.


  2. One thing I learned in graduate school has stuck with me since 1980. My prof drew a circle on the chalkboard. Pointed to the inside and stated that was what he knew, but the circumference or the outside line indicated everything he didn’t know. Then he did the same thing with a bigger circle. When we learn more, we learn how much more we don’t know. A lesson in humility.


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