Ephesians 1:9: “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.”

Have you ever noticed that it takes time to get to know yourself? I can only speak for myself of course, and I know that I have gained a better understanding of who I am over the course of a lifetime.

God is mysterious, and so are we – a mysterious people!

God’s will is a mystery. The only thing we know about His will is that it is good. That’s why we pray with Jesus “Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven”. God’s intentions are to bring unity in heaven and on earth. 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’ve always known that lack of unity is a weakness. So, we have come up with ways to cope with that issue. Dictatorship is our worst and democracy our best attempt at uniting people. However, whatever it is we have come up with, it’s a far cry from God’s unity. I believe God’s unity is best described as unity in diversity.

In Christ heaven and earth is united. How is that possible? Leave that up to the wisdom of Christ.

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 have struck gold, don’t stop there either. Keep on digging. There is more to God’s Son than just meets the eye.

Billy Joel once wrote a song about a mysterious woman, and in some ways this song reminds me of mankind’s relationship with its Maker, puzzled as we are in our attempts to get to know Him. The best approach for us humans is to seek God daily and enjoy the surprises when He shows up. King David’s poetry says it all (Psalm 22:26):

“Those who seek Him will praise the Lord. Let your heart live forever!”

God is love – which is yet another mystery. In many ways the love of God is sort of an open secret. It seems, everybody knows and at the same time nobody knows. Certainly, there is no knowing of God’s love until we find out for ourselves who He is; and once we look for the Lord, I believe, His wondrous love will be hard to miss.

“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

Isaiah 64:4: “Since ancient times no one has heard, no ear has perceived, no eye has seen any God besides you, who acts on behalf of those who wait for him”

We have a family member whose name is Patience, and I often thought if that was my name, I would have a hard time living up to it. In general, I am not good at “hanging in there”. Sometimes I make rash decisions just to keep things going. We can probably all relate – more or less, depending on our patience meter.

Waiting on the Lord, Isaiah must have gone through similar frustrations. In his book he wrote (Isaiah 64:1):

“Oh, that you would rend the heavens and come down,
    that the mountains would tremble before you!”

In other words: “Please, God, do something, will you?”

God does not run on a human time schedule. Heaven and Earth cannot contain Him – and this also means He is not subject to Earth time. So why are we surprised when God does not show up on our watch? It is in His nature to show up unexpectedly.

There is no way that our finite minds can even begin to grasp our infinite God, and yet there is one thing we can always default to when nothing else seems to make sense: God is good. It is important to keep this in mind as we wait for Him.

Here is another way to look at it: God is never boring. We have subscribed to a discovery channel of a very special kind when we decided to walk with God. It takes an entire eternity to get to know Him.

In many ways our relationship with God reminds me of a human love relationship. Despite the intimacy level we may reach, there is always a certain degree of mystery involved. Nobody is completely predictable. Why? God made us; I would say that some of His mystery must have rubbed off on us.

Remember that God acts on our behalf. In His own good time He will come through for us. Believing in Him makes the time we spend waiting all the more sweeter.