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

Colossians 1:27: “To them God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.”

The invisible, inconceivable, triune Godhead – Three in One – is the greatest mystery of all. Our God is mysterious. So are His children, frail human beings who carry precious cargo: They carry the Son of God inside their hearts. Wherever they go they bring the blessing of Christ.

How can this be? That, my friend, is the same question Mary asked angel Gabriel when he brought the news to her that she will be pregnant with Christ. And his answer was (Luke 1:35):

“The angel answered, ‘The Holy Spirit will come on you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God.’”

Mary was the first person who carried the Son of God inside of her – albeit in a physical way. Children of God carry the Son of God in their hearts in a spiritual way, and I believe this is just as real. Thanks to the Holy Spirit human beings are part of God’s mysterious ways.

We can be sidetracked by current events. All through our daily battles it is important to remember that God is with us. It may be tempting to check out – heaven is a wonderful place – but why would we want to miss out on the extraordinary blessings of today? The wonder of God’s kingdom has already begun. The Son of God planted the seed and the tree has been growing exponentially.

Indeed, the arrival of God’s Son has melted the ice. As a result hope dawns in human hearts, and if there is one thing this broken world needs, it is hope. Our human spirits thrive on hope and we can be certain that the Lord won’t give up on us.

God has an exceptional future prepared for this universe. Glorious things are just around the corner. Our present days may be difficult but Christ in us, the hope of glory, keeps us afloat.