Second-hand Books…

I’ve never really gotten into mysteries. you know the genre of writing where you as the reader have to figure out who perpetrated the murder…it just never was for me. and if you’re honest, for you either. oh sure, the writing is one thing, it is fiction and not true. but, when it comes too close to home, we walk away from mystery, we would rather “chalk it up” as confusion. In fact, we tend to call anything we don’t understand—confusion. and confusion frustrates and bewilders its audience. who wants to be confused and frustrated.  i just don’t find that in the character of God. so, it leaves us to wonder why there is so much “mystery” wrapped up in his character. so much of the unknown is who He is to us (at least at this point in our journey), he even tells us in the Old Testament, that He is beyond our logic, beyond any definition we can muster; He will always be sitting right on the outside of the circumference of our ideas of Him.

Now, if we see him as mystery well, there is something much different than confusion. Mystery woos its lovers. it draws and weaves and invites and is scandalous in the most romantic way. A woman’s heart is a mystery to a man, but it draws him in. it takes him on and invites him in. this is so much more than chemicals and sex here. this is a deep metaphor for God, scriptures are rife with these kinds of parallels. Mystery initiates us all into a journey. Confusion thwarts movement and causes one to look only inward, only inward. Mystery brings curiosity and wonder, whereas confusion stops both in their tracks. There were these early monks who were heretical in their name giving (for their time), they called God the Abyss. the idea was that you couldn’t get to know God by standing on the edges (i.e., theology, study of God..and etc.), that the only way you could encounter him in all his mystery (an abyss is covered in darkness (a medieval metaphor for mystery) is to fully immerse yourself in him by taking the plunge…do you have it in you to take it? We all want to be found, to be discovered and unraveled. we all have in us the image of God (Read Genesis 3), and in us are hints of God’s character. fragments of his grace. He too wants to be discovered in new ways, and wants us to be monastic in our understanding of him by jumping in with both feet. by living out your life in awe and wonder and deep curiosity of what you don’t know.  imagine your life is a book that is unwritten (thanks to Natasha Bedingfield for that), try not to live your life as a secondhand book. live out your life in the scandalous mystery of not knowing until you do it. live out the mystery. discover god. discover you, turn the page and find out how those two collide.

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