by Christina Rose
My goal is that they may be encouraged in heart and united in love, so that they may have the full riches of complete understanding, in order that they may know the mystery of God, namely, Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. Colossians 2:2-3 NIV)
Everyone loves a great mystery! I’m convinced there’s no greater mystery than life itself. Looking back at the more than 60 years I’ve spent on earth, there were many surprises, just like the surprise of the corona virus putting the world on pause.
Much of what we depended was suddenly in jeopardy. Many of us were like little children, blinking in shock and asking, “What just happened?”
But as we wake up each morning and look to the sky – we know it will always be there, just as it has been since the earth came into being. When we can’t sleep at night and step outside to wonder, we can gaze at the stars and know that the light we see came from a place billions of light years away. While we may feel small, we come to learn how big God is. Everything is under His dominion. While we may not be able to count on ourselves and earthly structures we have relied on before, we can always count on Him.
A few years ago I had a three-hour commute to work in San Francisco. I shared this stress-filled commute with thousands of others. One day while riding the ferry, I was struck by the silence as people were engrossed in their electronics, oblivious to one another. We were all in the same boat, like little worker ants with our noses to the grindstone, trapped in the monotony of producing to stay alive.
About that time, it seemed as though everything I had worked for was leaving. My husband left, my home was sold, my kids had grown and left to build lives of their own. My health had failed, and because of that disability, my finances dwindled. As a believer, I couldn’t understand what was happening to me. Where was God in it all?
It was torment. One night, as I looked at the sky, I said, “God, why are you doing this to me? When will it end?”
And I heard in return, “I will be doing this to many people, as they have forgotten me. They will learn to turn to me. I walked you into this, and as I walk you out of it, tell everyone about me.” That evening my fortune cookie read, You have a charming way with words, and you should write a book. I started writing for God.
God doesn’t want us to be stressed out worker ants with heavy burdens that weigh us down. He wants us to enjoy our lives, and trust that His plan is better than ours. This global pause of the pandemic is causing all of us to rethink our lives and turn towards Him for guidance.
God knew it would be hard for us earthlings to see and understand him, so he sent his son Jesus, to walk upon the earth as a human being. Jesus is the gateway to understanding how God’s ways are so far beyond human reasoning. We get a glimpse into the mystery that is God. Jesus leads us to how unfathomable God’s love and power are—so much greater than our human souls can comprehend.
This moment is a perfect opportunity to walk like Jesus and lead others to the great mystery of God. When we know He is our father, and we are His children, we have nothing to fear. He knows our every need, and will supply those things when we rely on Him. “And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:19 NIV.)
About the author: Christina Rose is an author, trainer, and speaker certified by the John Maxwell Team of Leadership. She is a DAR (Daughter of the American Revolution) whose ancestors fought in the Revolutionary War. She is a world traveler, surfer, foodie, cappuccino- loving chocoholic and a devoted mom to kids and dogs, as well as auntie to many nieces and nephews who live around the world.
Christina’s book, My Appeal to Heaven, is her story. With her young family on the verge of falling apart, Christina finds herself in a desperate situation with no resources other than herself. After appealing to heaven, the Lord takes her on a journey of awakening and miraculous empowerment. That power is available to us all, especially those who are in need of hope and freedom.
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