For those that chose the “house of mystery” at last weekend’s service, you heard from Pastor Christine Sweeney. She talked about the role mystery plays in our lives and shared a story about a family road trip. Her children had no idea where they were going. It was a mystery to them. Along the way, they had to trust their dad’s plan, believing it would be enjoyable.
Similarly, we don’t always know where the adventure we are on is heading. But, as Christine shared with us, “when we know God, we don’t have to fear the unknown.”
When I first moved in with my roommates, we spontaneously went to the boat docks in downtown Toledo to watch the sunset. When the idea first came up, I had no idea if they were serious or not because I grew up thinking adventures were meant to be planned out and structured. I looked at spontaneous adventures as an inconvenience, a disruption, and I became anxious at the thought of stopping what I was doing to go. It was abrupt and unplanned. I didn’t know what to expect—it was a mystery to me.
We all want joy, peace, and opportunity in our lives, but we need to realize that the adventure to those things might involve risk or mystery. Th question we need to answer is do we trust God in that mystery? In my example, I had to come to the realization that I know and love my friends; therefore, I could trust that their plan for us was good. (Perhaps at times, Pastor Sweeney’s children felt the same way during their road trip to an uncertain destination.) I know for me that after my adventure, I realized the best adventures are mysterious.
It is the same with our relationship with God. Mysterious adventures help you grow to know God more. It can still be a little scary at times, but through the risk, we often receive more joy, peace, and opportunity. The unknown is not as bad as you might think—sometimes you get the best view.
If I had not gone on that adventure with my friends, I would have missed out on dancing in the car with my friends, as the driver sped along bumpy roads. I would have missed the chance to connect with them and to see a beautiful sunset. I saw how awesome God is in that moment, knowing he has good plans—to prosper and not to cause harm—even when life is disrupted.
For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.
What is scary/uncertain about mysterious adventures?
Do you remember a time when your life was disrupted, but it helped you grow closer to God?
What has been your favorite adventure so far?
Do something spontaneous that you have never done before.
Trust God—take a risk and do something that is holding you back.
Take the next step to serve someone or volunteer to serve here at CedarCreek.
God, you are an awesome Father. I pray for awe, even when life is disrupted. I don’t know what the future holds, but I want to know you more. The mystery can be a bit scary at times, but you promise you have a good plan and purpose for me. Even when Jeremiah’s life was disrupted time and again, he was still willing to take the risk to know you more. It can be hard to trust you when life gets disrupted, but through the risk, I know I can receive more joy, peace, and opportunity. I pray you would help me to go on the mysterious adventure of life, so I don’t miss out on the good plans you have in store. In Jesus’ name, amen.
This post was written by Becca Roberts, a regular contributor to the LivingItOut.
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