Like it or not, we have a mysterious God, which basically means that no one can figure Him out, with the exception of God Himself. He knows what He’s doing, and why He is doing things the way He does. Whenever He sees fit to reveal some of His plans, it will take us by surprise.
Have you ever noticed that it takes a lifetime even to get to know yourself, let alone your friends and loved ones? On a personal note, I have just recently discovered my dream job. Through a chain of events I slid into event management and came to find out that I love every aspect of it: the planning, the advertising, the collaboration with the clients and the team I work with. I remember when I left high school how I wrecked my brain regarding what kind of career to pursue. I don’t know about you, but I had a hard time with that particular decision. When it was discovered that I was very good at juggling details without dropping a ball I got promoted into various administrative positions. It took a lifetime of work experience to find out that besides being good at following through with processes and procedures, I actually love to interact with people. Surprise!
The truth is, God is a mysterious God, and since we are made in His image, so are we – a mysterious people! And even if we claim otherwise, we don’t deal with predictability too well. An endless cycle of repetitiveness will eventually kill the human spirit. This is no surprise because that’s how we are wired by our Creator. And in case you haven’t noticed: predictability is not God’s finest feature. Try to predict Him and you’ll get very frustrated. Actually, trying to predict God is quite offensive to Him, since it smells a lot like idol worship. In whatever box you are trying to fit God, at the end of the day it’s not going to be Him but a god you made up. God is not predictable. God keeps us on our toes. The best approach for us humans is to seek Him every day and enjoy the surprise when He shows a side of Him that we haven’t encountered yet. King David’s poetry says it all (Psalm 22:26):
“Those who seek Him will praise the Lord. Let your heart live forever!”
Similar to a multi-faceted diamond is our multilayered God. Don’t be afraid to dig into the mystery! And don’t stop short at hearsay – especially when it comes to Christ. There is a laundry list of things said about Jesus, some of them good, some of them bad. Be a gold digger! Find out for yourself who Jesus is. And once you struck gold, don’t stop there either. Keep on digging. There is more to God’s Son than just meets the eye. Ask Him questions. Wrestle with it! See where the road takes you.
Billy Joel wrote a song about a mysterious woman, and in many ways this song reminds me of mankind’s relationship with its Maker. Puzzled as we are in our attempts to get to know Him, taking into account all of these things He is to us: our Savior, Redeemer, and Friend, which He truthfully is, there’s no doubt about that – yet God still remains God – a mystery. Take it or leave it, mystery is His M.O.!
Most importantly, we shouldn’t lose sight of the open secret that God, whom no one can figure out, passionately loves each and every one of us. Don’t we ever forget that!
“And she only reveals what she wants you to see. She hides like a child, but she’s always a woman to me.” Billy Joel