We wait in hope for the LORD; he is our help and our shield. In him our hearts rejoice, for we trust in his holy name. May your unfailing love be with us, LORD, even as we put our hope in you. (Psalm 33:20-22 NIV)
Mystery is all around us, it's part of the daily rhythm of life as we see in sunrises and sunsets, the coming in and going out of the tides. There is mystery each day when you set out for work; what will you find on your desk, what will be in your inbox, who be contacting you? There is even mystery when you do your online shopping - will the delivery be what you actually ordered?
I love watching my grandsons react to a surprise. The pure delight of something they didn't expect unfolding in front of them.
What do we do with mystery? Do we try and play detective in order to work it out and resolve it like a problem or puzzle.
A mystery, by definition, is something that is hidden and our natural response is to do something to make it become a reality. Our journey with Father is a mystery. We don't see the end from the beginning. It's a journey which opens up before us as we take those little steps of faith. It's a journey of trust and therefore of relationship. Every mystery has an element of uncertainty or the unknown and being comfortable with that can be challenging.
Our mystery is one that is rooted and grounded in love. When we know we're loved we can be content with the unknown as we're able to trust the one leading us. As John says in his first letter, we know and rely on the love he has for us. Love is our foundation. We hope in love, we trust in love, we believe in love. There is no fear in love.
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