Beginning & End

You call me out upon the waters
The great unknown where feet may fail
And there I find You in the mystery
In oceans deep, my faith will stand

–Oceans (Where Feet May Fail) | Hillsong United

I love this song. It puts words to a feeling that so many of us are familiar with but can’t express. The Great Unknown. Life is a mystery, isn’t it? From beginning to end. Philosophers struggle to find the reason for our existence. Scientists work their lives away to find evidence of the Big Bang Theory in effect. Archaeologists search the ends of the earth for the remains of the first of our kind. The “end” is just as much cause for discovery as the “beginning.” All the religions of the world are evidence of this. From beginning to end, life is an utter mystery.

I remember the first (and only) Philosophy class I took at UH. It was a pre-req for nursing school…and honestly, I was a million times LESS than thrilled about having to take it. I knew I was going to be conflicted and angered and just outraged by that class. And I was right.

The very first question the Professor proposed went a little something like this: “If God exists, and if God is an omnipotent being, then can He create a rock that is too heavy for Him to lift?”

If you’re like me, your brain is going all kinds of crazy right now. That question threw me. I mean, it REALLY threw me. “Of course God exists. Of course He is omnipotent. Of course He can create anything. Of course He has unlimited strength.” But somehow, all these things that I knew to be true of God didn’t really compliment each other when I said them out loud. In the end, I just got really angry and frustrated and annoyed at my Professor.

The logically (from a Christian perspective) illogical (from a human perspective) response to such a question is this:

For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
    neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord.
For as the heavens are higher than the earth,
    so are my ways higher than your ways
    and my thoughts than your thoughts.

Isaiah 55:8-9

For us to even THINK that we can understand God with our infinitely inadequate human logic is just…ridiculous. For us to think that the knowledge of God can be contained in our tiny human brains is an insult to the glory of His Name.

Life is a mystery to humans for a reason. Beginning and end alike. But it doesn’t have to be.

I know with 100% confidence exactly what will happen in my life. Many people on this earth do. No, we’re not fortune-tellers; no, we haven’t talked to Raven-Symone (yes, I am was a geeky, Disney-Channel-loving, That’s So Raven fan. Go ahead. Judge me).

I know with full confidence what will happen in my life because the Word of God tells me exactly what to expect:

  1. There is a plan for my life. A good plan. One that involves a hopeful future. (Jeremiah 29:11)
  2. I am Known. I matter. I have value. (Psalm 139:13-14)
  3. I am protected always because I have the world’s greatest Body Guard on my side. Literally. (Psalm 91)
  4. I have a home, a resting place. When I’m tired, when I fail, I can lean back and fall into the everlasting arms of my Father. (Deuteronomy 33:27)
  5. I will always have everything I need to live a life of victory in the Lord. Therefore, I have no cause to worry or fear. (Matthew 6:25-27)
  6. I will not be forgotten. I will not be ignored. I will not be abandoned. I will be rescued and loved, always. (Exodus 3:7-8a, Psalm 16:9-10, Jeremiah 31:3)
  7. I have a purpose. And everything in my life, down to the very last detail, will be for my ultimate good and for His greatest glory. (Romans 8:28)
  8. The Lord will be glorified in the end. If not through my repentance and acceptance of His great sacrifice, then through my eternal damnation. (Psalm 21:8-12)

Yeah, that last one kind of, sort of, drastically changed the tone. I know what will happen in my life will be for His greatest glory. Life is a mystery, yes. But my purpose here on this earth is to bring HIM glory. Like Priyanka said in her post yesterday, it’s not about me, me, me. It’s about HIM. All of this is for HIM. So while I may not know every single action I will take in this life, while I may not know how my career will turn out or if I will ever get Prince Charming, the 4.5 kids, and the white picket fence, I DO know this: If I live a life completely devoted to my Father, He will not withhold any good thing from me (Psalm 84:11). If I trust Him during the good times, and ESPECIALLY through the rough times, He will remind me of His faithfulness and give me Peace unlike anything I have ever experienced (John 16:33, John 14:27). If I seek His will and not my own, my life will work out perfectly – even if that means I end up homeless, jobless, and alone.

My purpose on this earth is to earnestly seek His will and let Him take center stage. Yes, life is a complete and total mystery. But when you really think about it, it’s all about perspective. Life is a mystery to us, but not to the One who CREATED life, who CREATED us.

I can never understand why people start reading a book by reading the last page first. It’s actually somewhat of a pet peeve of mine. Like, it should be illegal or something. It’s just WRONG! I can’t understand why anyone would want to ruin the ending – whether it’s one that makes you smile or cry. The end is the end. And it should remain a mystery until you get there – at least, that’s my opinion. But in this one instance, I think I’ll indulge in my personal pet peeve…

I took a sneak peak at the end of this story that we’re all playing leading roles in. And it’s absolutely marvelous, y’all. Breathtaking. I don’t know all the details. I don’t know about the journey that led to this ending or how all our paths are intertwined, but that’s okay. Because the end is SO worth it. Eternity in heaven, singing praises before the Throne, completely in awe of the Alpha and Omega. The only One to whom life isn’t a mystery. The Author of our story. Beginning and End.

I saw the Lord, high and exalted, seated on a throne; and the train of his robe filled the temple. Above him were seraphim, each with six wings: With two wings they covered their faces, with two they covered their feet, and with two they were flying. And they were calling to one another:

“Holy, holy, holy is the Lord Almighty;
    the whole earth is full of his glory.”

At the sound of their voices the doorposts and thresholds shook and the temple was filled with smoke.

“Woe to me!” I cried. “I am ruined! For I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips, and my eyes have seen the King, the Lord Almighty.”

Then one of the seraphim flew to me with a live coal in his hand, which he had taken with tongs from the altar. With it he touched my mouth and said, “See, this has touched your lips; your guilt is taken away and your sin atoned for.”

Isaiah 6:1-7

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