We are made with a desire, no, more than a desire…. an inbuilt need for mystery.
We need there to be something we can’t explain, something bigger than, other than, us.
We have had revealed to us the who, rather than the what, someone who is bigger than, other than, us.
When we try to explain him, to make sense of what he has revealed, we can make him smaller than we intend.
Yet it is good to attempt to get our heads around the truth we find in the bible, without this we would have no idea of how inexplicable and wonderful he is.
We do well to spend time pondering the great truths of Christianity.
When could we do this though? The most natural time would be when we spend time focusing on God, but often we are in a hurry to get our prayers answered, so we rush on, we want this or that thing.
If our prayer life seems a bit dry at times, then it can be a thirst quenching gulp of cold clear water to ponder the scriptures and let them inform our praying.
Perhaps you could pick out a passage, sit with it for a while and let God stir your heart and mind with the mystery of his nature.
How about this one, we hear it around Christmas time and get so used to hearing it, I’m sure we don’t take on board the radical event it was, imagine how it would have felt to be this young girl:
In the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy God sent the angel Gabriel to the Galilean village of Nazareth to a virgin engaged to be married to a man descended from David. His name was Joseph, and the virgin’s name, Mary.
Upon entering, Gabriel greeted her:
You’re beautiful with God’s beauty,
Beautiful inside and out!
God be with you.
She was thoroughly shaken, wondering what was behind a greeting like that.
But the angel assured her, “Mary, you have nothing to fear. God has a surprise for you:
You will become pregnant and give birth to a son and call his name Jesus.
He will be great, be called ‘Son of the Highest.’
The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David;
He will rule Jacob’s house forever….
No end, ever, to his kingdom.”
Mary said to the angel, “But how? I’ve never slept with a man.”
The angel answered,
The Holy Spirit will come upon you,
The power of the Highest hover over you;
Therefore, the child you bring to birth
will be called Holy, Son of God.
“And did you know that your cousin Elizabeth conceived a son, old as she is?
Everyone called her barren, and here she is six months’ pregnant! Nothing, you see, is impossible with God.”
And Mary said,
“Yes, I see it all now:
I’m the Lord’s maid, ready to serve.
Let it be with me just as you say.
Then the angel left her.
Our Father God has given us the scriptures to let us into some secrets of the mysteries.
He is this mysterious, self-revealing God, who has no end or beginning to his glorious being, yet contained himself within a virgin’s belly.
The immensity of this is beyond us, yet draws us in if we will but let our minds stay with it. An eternal, infinite God, who now has a profile, an outline, muscles, skin and bone, hair and pores, blood and sweat, nails and creases…he casts a shadow..
What is this mystery? It is the result of the plan to save us, to be friends and family, for us to be reconciled to him.
What of this mystery? He has chosen you to pour his love into. He really does love you you know, he loves YOU, in all your muddle and mess, in all your finest moments, he LOVES you, no change or fluctuation in that, ever.
May it be to you as he has said….
Selah…Pause and calmly think of that.