“For what human being knows what is truly human except the human spirit that is within? So also no one comprehends what is truly God’s except the Spirit of God.”
There are some things that we simply cannot understand. Lent is a season of learning about our limits, our finitude, our sin, and our mortality. Those are all things that people spend their lives trying to understand, but largely remain a mystery for everyone. Lent is a season that has the potential to teach us to accept divine mystery.
That doesn’t mean that we turn to everything we don’t understand and call it divine mystery. It also doesn’t mean that we should accept that sin, finitude, and mortality are a part of the world as God intended it. No, God didn’t intend for our world to be riddled with sin. Rather, these divine mysteries tell us more about God than they do our world. Somehow, God makes the most out of our finitude, sin, and mortality. Somehow, God calls people like Paul to be a witness to the incredible things happening through Christ in our world. Somehow, God takes our sin and transforms it into something beautiful, bringing life from death.
Mysteries are meant to cause wonder and awe. Wonder and awe are key components in worship. How have you experienced wonder and awe at the mysteries of God?
Free us, O God, from the desire to obtain all of the answers. Yes, we seek to know you more, but we humbly recognize that we may never grasp your wondrous ways. We pray that you will help us have a new sense of awe and wonder as we contemplate your love and work in our lives. Amen.