For several newsletters this year, I’ve used articles from the archives. This month is no different, but I’d like to adapt it to a Thanksgiving theme. The article was originally titled, Discovering God. The goal of the article is to realize there is so much about God that is a mystery, so much yet to be discovered. This is a good thing. While the article mentions there are many blessings yet to come as we grow in our relationship with God, there is another blessing. We should be thankful that there will always be a mystery to God, things we will never discover and understand while on earth. Be thankful! God would not be God if we could explain him away. Therefore, this Thanksgiving, I am thankful for what I don’t know about God.
Our understanding of God is much like our understanding of the ocean – very limited. “An estimated 50-80% of all life on earth is found under the ocean surface and the oceans contain 99% of the living space on the planet. Less than 10% of that space has been explored by humans. 85% of the area and 90% of the volume constitute the dark, cold environment we call the deep sea. The average depth of the ocean is 3,795 m (between 2 and 2 ½ miles). The average height of the land is 840 m (1/2 mile). ‘Currently, scientists have named and successfully classified over 1.5 million species. It is estimated that there are as little as 2 million to as many as 50 million more species that have not yet been found and/or have been incorrectly classified”’ (MarineBio.org).
If I would say, “in the future if advances in technology continue we might know all there is to know about the ocean,” the experts would probably say I’m crazy. If a full discovery and understanding of the ocean is out of the question, how much more is this true about God? There is so much more to know and experience when it comes to knowing God. We will never know all the mysteries of God but each day is an opportunity to know God more, we need to embrace that opportunity. Let’s not get overwhelmed with the vastness of the mystery of God but appreciate how big and great God is. The little we know about God shows us there are good things (blessings) in abundance ahead. We do not want to be naive in thinking we know enough about God. We should never be satisfied with our knowledge or experiences of God. If the experience is good so far, we can’t imagine what lies ahead. God is Good!
“Taste and see that the LORD is good; blessed is the man who takes refuge in him (Psalm 34:8)
Thankful for the Unknown