Today my brain has been attempting to draw my scattered thoughts together and pull them in, hone them into something that makes sense. The concept of the mysteries of God, and of life has been roving about in my mind.
Some of the mysteries I've been contemplating: How we, in our raw humanity, male OR female are created in the image of God. What does that tell us about His image? Both genders must somehow be stamped with certain aspects of God's character and disposition. Human psychology is SO complex and intriguing; I only wish I knew better how to understand it.
Then there's another mystery that I think of often: how two can become one flesh. It makes no sense in a human realm, but just ask anyone in a grounded, committed marriage, and they will tell you it's the truth! We may not be able to explain it, but we know it. It's a beautiful, mysterious secret that is shared just between the two.
And of course, from that comes the mystery of life. Indeed, the miracle of life. And how a mother can bond with, and fiercely love a person she has never met, just because that life grows within her. I heard the statement once that the decision to become a parent is the choice to forever have your heart walking around independent of your body. Mysterious, but true.
I'm humbled and amazed at the mystery of how we can receive comfort and solace from an Unseen Spirit. That Jesus went away because it would be better for us to have the Holy Spirit come. Aren't the workings of the Spirit something to boggle the mind? I could really go off in a million directions here because there's so much to His work among us. He bears witness to us in our own innermost being that we belong to the Father. Even more amazing to me, is how He bears witness between those in the household of faith. Can't you think of so many times when you've met a complete stranger and felt that "something" kindred, only to eventually uncover that they are a fellow believer?!? I've experienced that on numerous occasions and it always warms my heart. What an intriguing, beautiful mystery~!
Blood as a cleansing agent? That's certainly a mystery that defies human interpretation. Jesus Christ shed His blood ONCE for the sins of ALL, and it still has a cleansing affect all these years later. I'm thankful for that today! Even if I don't understand it!
Perhaps my ramblings here don't seem all that profound to anyone else, and I don't think I've done the topic much justice. It's so much deeper and more far-reaching than I can comprehend. I've only scratched the surface. But these are the ones that are ringing my bell today~!
I leave you with a favorite hymn, written in 1867 by Walter Chalmers Smith
Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise
Immortal, invisible, God only wise,
In light inaccessible hid from our eyes.
Most blessed, most glorious, the Ancient of Days,
Almighty, victorious, Thy great name we praise.
To all, life thou givest, to both great and small;
In all life thou livest, the true life of all;
We blossom and flourish as leaves on the tree,
And wither and perish, but naught changeth Thee.
Thou reignest in glory; thou dwellest in light;
Thine angels adore Thee, all veiling their sight;
All laud we would render: O help us to see
'Tis only the splendor of light hideth Thee.