The Unfolding Mystery
How disappointed do you walk around on a daily basis? How frustrated are you that things haven’t worked out the way you wanted them to? Have you become rigid with your plans, forceful with your ways, and demanding of your timeline?
Well, how’s that working for you?
Have you forced a single thing to come together gracefully … ever? No, you’ve been stopping the flow.
Life has a natural flow. A rhythm. A timing that seems off beat to us, but we can’t hear the full melody. When we resist the flow and insist on our own beat, we create chaos.
Stop, Sis, just stop. Stop assuming things have to be in a certain order. Stop pushing to make things happen that aren’t ready to happen. Stop forcing a plan that is not naturally unfolding. There’s no peace to be found in your forcing. There’s no grace in your pushing.
Take a deep breath and know, there are greater powers at work here that see bigger things than you. The blessing of future generations flow from the unfoldings you resist today. The very things you consider untimely, unfortunate and unwanted are perhaps the greatest offerings of your lifetime … you just don’t see it now.
You don’t see how this bad timing is actually perfect timing. You don’t see how this unplanned event was always in the divine plan. You don’t see how ultimate good will come out of your temporary good coming to an end. You don’t see it, but can you trust it?
Can you trust God is in the details of your life? Can you trust the unfolding of this journey and no longer resist the changes you didn’t seek? If it’s changing, can you embrace what God may be doing, even when you’re still in the stages of unknowning?
Yes, the unknowing. That’s before you know how it’s all going to work out. Before you know today’s seemingly bad news may eventually be good news. Before you know God’s fingerprints are all over this abrupt change in your well laid plans. Before you feel peace. This is the unknowning.
Here you are … simply not knowing. Not knowing how the pieces will fit together. Not knowing when it’s going to happen. Not knowing how it’s ever going to be okay again. Here in the unknowing, there’s an invitation. An invitation to deepen your faith and lean in to the All Knowing.
When you get to know God, you get to know his nature. His nature is good. His ways are good. His plans are good. And when we’re handed the “not-good” part, we must trust his goodness will be revealed.
When you’re making chocolate chip cookies, you know there are a few ingredients that are quite unlovely on their own. Baking soda. Have you ever ate a teaspoon of that? That would be the ‘not-good’ part. We like the chocolate chips. We like the brown sugar. NOT the baking soda. But that’s a necessary ingredient for the deliciousness of your cookies.
Do you know what baking soda does? It reacts to the acidic components of brown sugar, and creates a gas that causes the cookies to rise up and develop a more open interior structure. Yes, the worst ingredient of the whole recipe is responsible for keeping your cookie from being a flat, hard flop.
Girl, can’t you see what has happened here in your life right now is the introduction of some baking soda. You don’t like the way it tastes. It is undesirable … on it’s own. And the introduction of this unwanted detail of your life has caused some gas. Uhhhh huhhhh, you’ve got gas! You’re all bloated up with a belly ache over things you THINK are so bad. But, what’s actually happening here is an opening of your interior structure! Your heart is being widened, your faith is being deepened, your potential is being tapped! You are being saved from being a hardened flop!
You can’t see it right now, but this unplanned, unwanted, unknown introduction of disruption in your life causing you all sorts of pain, is for future purposes beyond your understanding. It feels like gas, but it’s creating something so much more.
Through the unfolding of your life, God is calling you to a place of trusting him with deeper confidence. As you look back and see how former inconveniences were actually blessings in disguise, you see the fingerprints of the Almighty on the details you were busy being upset over. But you were learning. Learning in the unknowning. Learning God knows and he can be trusted.
So now, here you are arriving at this place on your journey where you are growing in confidence. This is where you become so confident about God’s plan that you no longer even get disappointed when things don’t go your way. Disruptions are no longer a frustration, they are part of the rhythm. A change in plans is nothing more than a turn in the river which you gracefully flow through.
Revelation is a book of the Bible I generally avoid, because I don’t understand it. Isn’t that the way we live … we avoid the parts we don’t understand. But dang, if we’re not careful we spend our days avoiding the majority of our life because we just don’t understand it. Revelations chapter 10 tells of a vision of an angel who roared like a lion, and when he did, the 7 thunders spoke. I have no idea what that means, like not at all. But here’s what it says in verse 4: “And when the seven thunders spoke, I was about to write; but I heard a voice from heaven say, “Seal up what the seven thunders have said and do not write it down.”
That means it’s supposed to be a mystery. We’re not supposed to understand. We want to always know, but we must find peace in the unknowing. Find joy in the unfolding. Find blessings in the unplanned.
Revelation 10:7 “But in the days when the seventh angel is about to sound his trumpet, the mystery of God will be accomplished …”
I feel as if we’re living in the Revelation times. Times that don’t make sense. Times that we can’t predict. It’s the unknowning. The mystery of God is being accomplished. It may feel a little gassy up in here. There may be ingredients you don’t like. But sister, go with the flow. Embrace the unknown. When the unplanned comes knocking on your door, receive it with grace. When the seemingly inconvenient happens at a time when you weren’t prepared, trust the timing is more perfect than you could ever know.
You’re living in the middle of the mystery and God is accomplishing so much here. You’re not supposed to understand it right now, it was kept a secret.
Release your disappointment. Loosen your grip on frustration. Your rigid plans have run head on with God’s plans.
You can view this as a horrible collision or a divine encounter. Let it be divine.
It can be inconvenient or it can be incomprehensible beauty. Let it be beautiful.
Allow life to flow. Things will be as they should be, and it will be the mystery of God being accomplished.