The Special of the Day… From the Orange Moon Cafe…
"The Marvelous Mystery"
One of the most wonderful aspects of relationship is mystery. We express ourselves to others because they do not know what we think unless we do. We listen to others because we do not know what they think apart from their expression to us. This is a beautiful thing that makes communication necessary, interesting, stimulating, and worthy of exercising. "Pleasant words are as an honeycomb, sweet to the soul, and health to the bones" (Proverbs 16:24). Of course, because of sin, the necessity of communication can also lead to disturbance, annoyance, alarm, anger, alienation, and violence. "Swords are in their lips" (Psalm 59:7). This does not change or minimize the gift God gave to us by creating us as beings who must openly relate to one another in relationship.
Regarding mystery and relationship with God, He has left much that we do not and cannot know regarding both the beginning and the continuance of fellowship with Him. Certainly, He grants more than enough light by His Word, His Spirit, and His church to make establish and maintain through Christ a vibrant, growing walk of love and grace, faith and response. However, only God perfectly knows how relationship with Him ensues and endures. The Lord Jesus stated the truth plainly in His discourse with Nicodemus:
"Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again. The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit" (John 3:7-8).
The poetic beauty of the Savior's words speaks to the poignant beauty of fellowship with God. What is His role? The wind bears witness. What is our role? The wind again bears witness. But can we grasp the wind, that is, can we ever fully comprehend how it breathes upon us from our Father, and then breathes back to Him by our trusting response? Certainly not. "Thou… canst not tell." We seek to know as much as we can. But never can we escape the marvelous mystery of how we relate to God by His grace, and through our faith.
"Heavenly Father, we thank You for how dearly You love us, to the degree You made us for fellowship with Yourself. We are grateful for the truth You have revealed and taught us about what it means to know You and relate to You. We are also aware that we can know so much more than we do. But we also know that much mystery will ever remain regarding Your bringing us to Yourself, and then, how we live our lives in communion with You. We love the light You give. But we love the mystery of relationship as well. It tells us much about who You are, who we are, and what a glorious eternity awaits us in Your boundless presence wherein we will forever discover new glories of Christ, and new ways of loving You through Him. Yes, we rejoice in the marvelous mystery that promises new wonders to come both now and evermore…
"In Thy presence is fullness of joy, at Thy right hand there are pleasures forevermore."
Weekly Memory Verse
O worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness; fear before Him, all the earth.