A Beautiful Mystery

September is a great month . . . Fall is just around the corner while summer is still hanging on for one last breath of warm air. Summer can give us the feeling of taking a break. September puts us back on track and brings us back to reality, in a good way.

Students are getting their schedules and signing up for programs and activities. Professionals may be starting their first “real” job or getting back into the swing of things. Moms may be still trying to figure out how to get their infant to sleep through the night and maybe themselves as well. Or they are packing lunches, helping with homework, and figuring out a new balance for home life.

As leaders, we often wonder, what does God want now? Whatever season of life we find ourselves in, how will we define success? What will it take to know God’s will in this new day-to-day reality?

One missionary friend says that she is in transition, asking that same question. Wherever we are, whatever we are doing, how do we know God’s will today?

Jesus modeled for us the way to know God’s will. Mark 1:35 gives us a glimpse into what normal was for Jesus after a very busy start to His mission: “Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed.” It reminds me of Jeremiah 33:3, “Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.”

A daily time to commune with our Father can make everything clearer, more peaceful, and more hopeful. How amazing is it that the God of the universe would meet with us? What a beautiful mystery of mercy and grace it is to have a moment to rest, ask, listen, reflect, be surprised, and cry with the One Who loves like no other. He never gets tired of us. He always has a word for us. He always listens to us. He always shows us the next step.

As long as we are here on this earth, there will always be things we do not know. We will always have some questions. But He is always with us. Maybe that is the miracle of salvation, that not only do we have an eternal home, but also that God makes His home with us even now. May we take time to be like Jesus, commune with our Father, and listen to Him. It really will make all the difference in the world.

Laura Harper is a new ministry consultant at WMU. She loves her family, coffee, chocolate, and all things missions.
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