Peering into the Mystery

One of my favorite things about God is His unpredictability.

He is utterly dependable, yet completely unpredictable. I love that about Him. He is the one who brings me safety, who steadies my uncertain heart. But He is also the one who constantly makes me laugh by showing up at the most unexpected moments and by saying the most surprisingly true things.

As a friend once said, God has the element of surprise.

But it goes even deeper than that.

He isn’t just unpredictable, He is mysterious–beyond our comprehension. That’s why I stand in awe of Him.

A few days ago, I was taking a morning walk on the beach with my roommate (I love living by the beach..). We were collecting shells, basking in the warm sunlight, and letting the sand ooze through our toes, when thick fog suddenly approached.

Beautiful Gwangan soon disappeared. Then the buildings on either side of it did too. We began to wonder if we would be totally engulfed.

At first I was slightly terrified, but my roommate informed me the fog was probably exhaust from passing ships. Still it was so strange. It made me pause for a moment in wonder.

Everything around us slowly disappearing. The familiar suddenly becoming unfamiliar. Sensing something moving, shifting, changing around me, but not knowing exactly what it was. The distant roar of ship engines suggesting an invisible presence, protection from unknown threats.

So is the mystery of God.

He reveals Himself in bits and flashes, surprising us with the depth of His goodness and power. We sense ways He is moving, we detect shifts around us, without completely understanding what is happening.

Sometimes, truths protrude sharply from the fog around us, moments of clarity that stay seared in our memories like laser beams of lightning. Other times, we squint into the fog, compelled to stop and focus our attention, as shapes and forms slowly emerge from the mist. And as we squint and ponder, we suddenly realize that we understand Him in a way we didn’t before.

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Elizabeth holds to simple faith in a complex world. She values the beauty of the everyday and strives for vulnerability with other imperfect humans. She is currently pursuing her MDiv at Fuller Theological Seminary, so when she isn't busy writing academic papers, she is usually out enjoying the LA sunshine. She is constantly learning, laughing, and finding herself in awe of grace.

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