Embrace the mystery

By Dave Henning / July 11, 2015

“The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear its sound, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes.  So it is with everyone born of the Spirit.”- John 3:8 (ESV)

“Birds don’t need ornithologists to fly.”- Mark Nepo

Mark Batterson concludes Chapter 16 of The Grave Robber by stating that we have several options where reacting to the unprecedented- when God does something defying our experience of reality.  We can(1) ignore, (2) disbelieve, (3) or intellectualize the miraculous.  None of these choices, Pastor Batterson notes, represent a satisfactory approach.

Mark stresses that we need to “simply embrace the mystery of the miraculous.”  God’s miracles enable us to appreciate the mystery of God and see Him for who He is.  Mark explains:

“If you follow in the footsteps of Jesus long enough, you will eventually walk on water.  You’ll go impossible places and do unimaginable things.  Water walking will become a way of life.”

God is really adept at getting us where He wants us to go, complete with some crazy twists and turns along the way.  Even though we may believe we are in the wrong place at the wrong time, God has us exactly where He wants us, even when our predicament is our own fault.  We just might be close to a miracle!

Today’s question: How would you describe your reaction to the miraculous?  Please share.

Tomorrow’s blog: “Safety nets”

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