“I realized it for the first time in my life: there is nothing but mystery in the world, how it hides behind the fabric of our poor, browbeat days, shining brightly, and we don't even know it.”
― Sue Monk Kidd, The Secret Life of Bees
The heavens are telling the glory of God;
and the firmament proclaims his handiwork.
Day to day pours forth speech,
and night to night declares knowledge.
There is no speech, nor are there words;
their voice is not heard;
yet their voice goes out through all the earth,
and their words to the end of the world. Psalm 19: 1-4
One of the things I love most in the world is the novel The Secret Life of bees by Sue Monk Kidd. She has a way of writing about God by writing about we, His delightful, painful, wild-hearted people. And the reason she's able to do this is because she knows and believes that God is in the midst of the ordinary. The mystery is everywhere.
We see it the opposite way, as if we have it all figured out. Then, when something doesn't fit, we get frustrated, confused, angry, or afraid. But dear friends, the world is all mystery, the hiding, seeking miracles of this world. Psalm 19 reminds us that creation is practically crying out loud the goodness of God. When we can our open our eyes to the mystery of the world, we will glimpse the overwhelming wonder of God.
Consider reading the Sue Monk Kidd's delightful work:
Rev. Jana Quisenberry is the minister at Brightwood Christian Church. She's an ordained pastor in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). A graduate of Transylvania University in Lexington, KY and Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis, IN, She now resides in Mt. Lebanon with her husband, two children, and dog, Sookie. Pastor Jana loves the church, science fiction, and coffee.
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