Leaves of Mystery
A couple days ago, while taking my morning constitution (an archaic term used to describe a walk taken for health reasons), I passed a house with a front lawn covered in leaves of Liquidambar. You might not think that’s a strange sight on a fall morning, except there was no Liquidambar tree in that front yard. In fact there was no tree of any kind in that front yard. I stopped and scratched my head, trying to deduce a solution. I looked at the yards on both sides and across the street, thinking that the leaves might have blown from a tree nearby. Nothing! I could almost picture God snickering at me. (Had I just been pranked by God?)
Ecclesiastes 11:5 says:
“Just as you cannot understand the path of the wind or the mystery of a tiny baby growing in its mother’s womb, so you cannot understand the activity of God, who does all things.”
If you spend some time in the Bible you will eventually encounter unanswered questions, such as: Why would a loving God deny Moses access to the Promised Land? Why did God seem to use Job as a pawn in a celestial game of chess? Who let the Serpent into the Garden of Eden? Why do Jehovah’s Witnesses dress so nice? (Did I say that out loud?) Why does God heal some folks but not others?
The thing about the mysterious ways of God is that we can let them rankle and drive us away from God, or we can yield to God. Don’t get me wrong, God designed our species to be inquisitive, to explore, to discover, to solve problems. But our intellect has limits. That’s why God also blessed us with a heart that has the ability to embrace and love God even when we don’t have all the answers. Besides, a little mystery makes life more enthralling, don’t you agree?