Fog and mystery
 


 Isaiah 42:1-17: Thus says God, the Lord, who created the heavens and stretched them out, who spread out the earth and what comes from it, who gives breath to the people upon it and spirit to those who walk in it...

I awoke this morning to a neighborhood blanketed by thick fog. We are even under an advisory, as the fog makes travel dangerous. But I love it, for the softness of the fog makes everything beautiful.
 
In the same way, I embrace the ambiguity of seeking a God of mystery and unfathomable power. While many prefer the perfect vision of certainty, I do not want to worship a God whom I can fully understand and explain.
 
Isaiah described God and underlined the vastness of divine power in comparison to human capacities. The prophet spoke of God as “the Lord, who created the heavens and stretched them out, who spread out the earth and what comes from it, who gives breath to the people upon it and spirit to those who walk in it.” Those words tell us that God’s power, while accessible to human beings, is not comprehensible to us.
 
In some circumstances, of course, I would love to understand exactly what God wants and what God enables me to do. But in the larger sense, all human beings need a deity beyond our understanding. Otherwise, our ‘god’ would be no greater than ourselves. Some people crave absolute certainty, but not me.
 
I believe that the mystery makes everything beautiful.
 
 
Psalms 16, 17; Ephesians 3:1-13; Mark 2:13-22
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