Ephesians 1:9-10: “He made known to us the mystery of his will according to his good pleasure, which he purposed in Christ, to be put into effect when the times reach their fulfillment—to bring unity to all things in heaven and on earth under Christ.”

We live in a world of three dimensions; however God’s world is multidimensional. Naturally there will be communication frustrations. This is the time of opportunity that allows us to push through to a deeper, more intimate level with God. Billy Joel once wrote a song about a mysterious woman, and in some ways this song reminds me of mankind’s courtship with its Maker, puzzled as we are in our attempts to get to know Him. King David’s poetry expresses the sentiment in the book of Psalms (Psalm 13:1-2):

“How long, Lord? Will you forget me forever?
How long will you hide your face from me?
How long must I wrestle with my thoughts
And day after day have sorrow in my heart?
How long will my enemy triumph over me?”

God is mysterious and this paves the way for some good wrestling matches. Wrestling with Him we explore His mysteries and this will draw us closer to the Lord. His will is a mystery sometimes, but as believers we trust that His will is good. This is why we pray with Jesus “Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven”.

Among many other things, God wants us to get along; unfortunately we have a problem just imagining unity. It seems the world is falling apart due to our inability to reach consensus. Internationally, nations have a hard time getting on the same page. On a smaller level, it’s sometimes even hard to be on the same page within a family unit. We have always known that lack of unity makes us weak and vulnerable. So we have come up with ways to cope with that issue. Dictatorship is our worst attempt and democracy our finest effort at uniting people. However, even democracy is flawed and a far cry from godly unity.

I believe God’s unity is best described as unity in diversity. Jesus came to reconcile us with the Father. He knows all about unity in diversity – in Christ heaven and earth is united. Similar to a multi-faceted diamond is our multilayered God. Don’t stop short at hearsay – especially when it comes to Christ. There is a laundry list of things people say about Jesus, some of them good, some of them bad. Be a gold digger! Find out for yourself who Jesus is. And once you have struck gold, don’t stop there. Keep on digging. There is more to God’s Son than just meets the eye.

People of faith are familiar with situations when they just don’t understand what God is doing. Maybe your prayers have not been answered, doors won’t open and things seem to be going from bad to worse. Make no mistake about it – God listens to your prayers. He will answer them in His way and in His time. We have to trust Him on 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

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