Saturday, August 2, 2014
"On Fire": Sometimes, Love Is a MYSTERY
"Just as you’ll never understand the mystery of life forming in a pregnant woman, so you’ll never understand the mystery at work in all that God does."---Ecclesiastes 11:5(Message)
I've been trying to find a copy of a sermon that a spiritual brother of mine sent me a few years ago (still looking). Long story short, a little boy (I believe he was seven-years-old) asked for a particular kind of bicycle for his birthday. Due to the price, initially, his parents were hesitant. They finally conceded, though. After receiving it, they were online looking at some charities. The little boy joined in and said that he felt he was supposed to give his bike away. His parents were floored at first. But again, finally conceded. Years later, at the little-boy-who-was-now-a-young-man's wedding reception, he heard his bride (from another country, mind you) say "I didn't believe in God as a child. Until one day, I received this bike..."
No joke and true story.
What brought that back to my remembrance was when I read a Huffington Post article entitled "This Bride Photobombed Her Groom In Childhood Photo 11 Years Before They Met". Here's the pic:
And here's a pic of the couple on their wedding day:
And here's the story behind the photo bomb:
What’s particularly striking about this happenstance is that Wheeler lived nowhere near the area. The groom is originally from Kent, which is about 300 miles away from Mousehole, and was spending time there with his family on vacation.
The two eventually officially met in college and got married on Saturday at the Gulval Church, just steps from where the original photo was taken two decades before their wedding day.
The article featured one more couple's story:
But this isn’t the first time a married couple has made such an unlikely discovery.
A week before their wedding, Alex and Donna Voutsinas found a photo that showed the pair when they were little kids, in 1980.
The image shows Donna’s family posing with Mr. Smee and Alex being pushed in a stroller in the background, the Star reported in 2010. The two were actually living in different countries at the time.
"It just blew our minds when we realized," Alex Voutsinas, 35, told the Star.
And here's their pic:
What awesome stories!
And also what reminders that Genesis 14:19(NKJV) is quite literal: "Blessed be Abram of God Most High, Possessor of heaven and earth..." God possesses everything. And everyone. That's something we need to keep close to us when we're reading other verses of Scripture such as this one: "He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also He has put eternity in their hearts, except that no one can find out the work that God does from beginning to end." (Ecclesiastes 3:11-NKJV)
NO ONE CAN FIND OUT THE WORK THAT GOD DOES FROM BEGINNING TO END.
Now, I'll say this: It can always be to your benefit to become friends with someone who has a *true* prophetic gift (Amos 3:7 will explain why). However, at the end of the day, God is who knows all and God is who is orchestrating things...sometimes things on an unfathomable levels. To us mere humans.
Being that not nearly enough of us guard our hearts as God has instructed in his Word for us to do (Proverbs 4:23), there's a really big chance that both of these couples had their hearts broken in between the time of these shots and being joined together in marriage. There also may have been some other relationship mistakes (or straight up poor choices) that were made along the way.
Yet look at those two shots and just think about it. On two days that seem random and ordinary, it would appear that God was still doing something behind the scenes. *Mysterious things* behind the scenes.
I discern that is something that far too many of us forget (or don't even know) about the nature of God. The Word makes it clear that some of what he does is a mystery:
Mystery: anything that is kept secret or remains unexplained or unknown; an unexplained or inexplicable event, phenomenon, etc.
This means that we're not going to be able to figure everything out. Even when it comes to what God is doing, perhaps even right at this very moment, concerning our love lives. In some ways, *especially* as it relates to our love lives. I say that because we know that the Word *is crystal clear* that sex is only (ONLY) for marital covenant (Hebrews 13:4, I Corinthians 6:9-10) and look what else is a mystery: "There’s more to sex than mere skin on skin. Sex is as much spiritual mystery as physical fact. As written in Scripture, 'The two become one.' Since we want to become spiritually one with the Master, we must not pursue the kind of sex that avoids commitment and intimacy, leaving us more lonely than ever—the kind of sex that can never 'become one.'" (I Corinthians 6:16-20-Message) Even with sex, you can't figure out all of its power. That's why we're supposed to leave it alone if we don't have God's permission to partake of it!
Now, I will say this: Another definition of mystery is "any truth that is unknowable except by divine revelation". What this lets us know is that there are some things that *can* be revealed to our spirits. That makes sense being that I Corinthians 2:14(NKJV) tells us "But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned." Indeed, I've had moments when I'm trying to figure out just what the heck is going on, yes as it relates to my marital future, and God has been like:
"Would you quit asking yourself and would you certainly stop asking that young man. *Ask me*. What you're ready to know, I will tell you. What you're not, just trust that I got this. I wouldn't tell you to guard your heart and then turn around and put you in harm's way myself. And besides, remember that I am the One who knows what you need before you even ask me. Let me bless you. No---allow me to blow your mind. To surprise you. Be willing to let some things, for now, remain a mystery. Love me enough to give me the time, space and creativity to manifest things how I choose." (James 1:5, Matthew 6:8)
Hey, it might not be something that some of y'all want to hear but it's a message from the Lord nonetheless. We want to be loved for who we are. Even the parts of us that can't be fully understood. Why would we not give God the same respect and courtesy.
Since he said that we can understand all of his mysteries, why true?
Just let the two---no three---love stories today remind you that he's got it all under control.
God's a mystery to us but not to himself.
He's not wondering what's going on.
He's got this.