Life is a mystery – it’s because all life comes from God, and God is mysterious. Personally, I keep away from those “why-questions” and stop asking why this or that happened. What if nothing ever happened? We would have a bunch of nothingness!
Thankfully, God happened. He decided at some point that He wanted to add relationships to the one already existing among the Trinity. And the rest is history! Over time the Trinity called a wide variety of specimen into being and developed them into various species – angels, humans, the animal kingdom, and all the unknown species we’re blissfully unaware of. And the Trinity bonded with all of their creation. God’s heart is huge, bigger than this universe. The stories and letters penned down in the books of the Bible give us a small glimpse of that. Scriptures reveal God’s heart to the curious and God-pursuing reader. Here are some facets of His big heart:
- Being connected with His animal kingdom God is not unaware of tiny birds falling from the sky (Matthew 10:29): “What is the price of two sparrows—one copper coin? But not a single sparrow can fall to the ground without your Father knowing it.”
- We see God mourning over the loss of a relationship with one of His angels, namely Lucifer. Lucifer’s fallout is recorded in the book of Isaiah. There God laments (Isaiah 14:12): “How you are fallen from heaven, O shining star, son of the morning! You have been thrown down to the earth, you who destroyed the nations of the world.”
- Scriptures mirror the joys of God’s relationship with humans – (Isaiah 65:19): “I will rejoice over Jerusalem and delight in my people”- while also expressing its woes (Psalm 78:40): “Oh, how often they rebelled against him [God] in the wilderness and grieved his heart in that dry wasteland.”
- God celebrates restored relationships as seen in the story Jesus told of the lost and found son. In this story recorded in Luke’s gospel one of the main characters who was believed lost and gone forever showed up in his hometown one day, back at his father’s doorstep. His father’s reaction was profoundly joyful (Luke 15:24): “We must celebrate with a feast, for this son of mine was dead and has now returned to life. He was lost, but now he is found.’ So the party began.” Jesus told this story to illustrate God’s compassion.
God took a risk when He created beings capable of making decisions on their own. In the aftermath of Lucifer’s and mankind’s downfall we may or may not appreciate God’s treasured freedom of choice. However, I’m assuming that if God took such a tremendous risk, even when it backfired, it’s probably worth it. So, He made beings, free to love or reject Him, with all the nasty side-effects. As a result, today’s world is filled with wonderful and amazing stories but we also witness deeply troubled and depressingly heartbreaking ones. The mystery in the mess is God’s involvement. He didn’t create the mess but He’s more than happy to see us through. How He sees us through we don’t know. He relates differently to you than He does to me. God does not create copycats. And God does not have microwaved solutions.
He is as creative as ever and writes a new story with every newborn. As long or as short as the story may be, it will always be one-of-a-kind because God’s relations to His creations are each unique, similar to how we bond differently with each person we know.
Like it or not, we’re part of God’s mystery. People relinquishing control and trusting in God get swept away by the waves of His affections. He’s like the wind as He leads us through life. We might as well enjoy the ride! We may not know what tomorrow holds but walking with God we do know where we are headed. We know our destination is home. And home is where God resides – our home is in Heaven.