“Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book; but these are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.”
John 20: 30-31
“Now there are also many other things that Jesus did. Were every one of them to be written, I suppose that the world itself could not contain the books that would be written.”
John 21: 25
Telling stories requires choosing which details and bits of dialogue do best to build the visual for a reader. Flowery details sometimes overtake the plot. Odd words lead to distraction. Wise writers pick and choose.
Working through the book of John recently reminded me of the daunting task the Gospel writers faced. Telling the supernatural story of the incarnate Son of God is not a small task! Recording miracles and recounting parables is one thing, but ascribing the right gravity to the mystery of God coming to earth as a man, Jesus Christ, is another.
As I battle through days in this broken world, the sovereignty and mystery of God himself gives me hope. Things do not always go the way I believe they will. People are not always who I want them to be. I don’t always handle things well. Yet in everything, I can trust God is working in and through the circumstances of life. Because Christ works mysteriously and miraculously, in ways that are above and beyond what I ask or imagine (Ephesians 3:20), I can trust Him. I can trust that more is going on even when I can’t see it.
Trusting in the sovereign mystery of Jesus Christ is what Old Testament writers call fearing God. Psalm 111:10 explains; “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; all those who practice it have a good understanding. His praise endures forever!”
Practicing the fear of the Lord in everyday life means stepping outside of our human perspective, surrendering what we want or think is best to Him. He is not limited by what we see or understand. Through transcendent power beyond our understanding, He is trustworthy.
I often remind myself and my counselees that more is happening than we can see. More is going on than we can surmise. God is working. He is working at Fieldstone, through sessions, presentations, and support groups. He is working through generous donors and exciting possibilities. He is showing us He has more for our ministry in the months and years ahead.
As we move into more of what God has for us, we covet your prayers and support. For more information about how you can help us move forward, please send me a message at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Crystal is a Christ-follower, wife, mother, counselor, and friend. She is passionate about connecting others with the truth of God's miraculous power and sustaining presence.