Isaiah 64:4: “For since the world began, no ear has heard and no eye has seen a God like you, who works for those who wait for him!”

Who likes to wait? Oh boy! My middle name is Impatience. We actually have a family member who is named – not Impatience – but Patience, and I often thought if I was named Patience it would take more than a lifetime to live up to that name. I tend to make rash decisions, just to get it over with. I don’t wait, I rather act. If I have to wait and there is no other way, then soon I feel stuck and get depressed. That’s how I’m wired. I like results. I like to see. I don’t like mystery.

Well, if you feel like that, then I have bad news for you: God is mysterious. One minute He is gloriously near, the other minute we look for Him and He seems to have vanished. We expect Him to show up in some way, and all we hear is silence. We have to bide our time and wait.

Isaiah went through a situation like that. In his book he wrote (Isaiah 63:19-Isaiah 64:1):

“Sometimes it seems as though we never belonged to you,
    as though we had never been known as your people. 
Oh, that you would burst from the heavens and come down!
    How the mountains would quake in your presence!”

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

There is no way that our finite minds are big enough to wrap around the intricate details of our infinite God, but there is one thing we do know about Him: He is good. We have to trust Him on that.

Here is another way to look at it: God could never be boring! It takes all eternity to get to know Him. We have subscribed to a discovery channel of a very special kind when we walk with God, and we will continue to discover all sorts of delightful details about Him. If life is a journey, eternity certainly is too. I personally think life is a wild ride – so many ups and downs all the while dealing with a mysterious God. Oh yeah! Welcome to God’s world!

In many ways our relationship with God reminds me of a relationship between a man and a woman. There is a lot of mystery going on between the two. Girls often scratch their heads and don’t quite understand what is going on in a guy’s mind. And guys have the same to say about girls. Even as we get married, a portion of the mystery remains. Nobody is completely predictable. Why? God made us and we carry some of His mystery in our genes. Yep, God is mysterious, and so are we!

There is a time for everything“, the Bible says – so, if it is time to wait, that’s what we’ll have to do. We know that God will come through in His own good time.

Ephesians 1:9: “God has now revealed to us his mysterious will regarding Christ—which is to fulfill his own good plan.”

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