Reading: Ephesians 3: 1-12
Paul speaks of the mystery in this passage. Paul experienced a change in his own person that many would call a mystery. In his conversion experience, he certainly felt and connected to the mystery of Christ. Paul also speaks of the mystery of the gospel that includes Gentiles and all peoples into the family of God. To me his speaks of the vast love of God, a love that encompasses all and is so hard to wrap our minds around.
Vast and endless experiences in nature remind me of God’s love. When I stand on the shore of Lake Michigan and look out to the east, it appears endless. Water goes on forever. On a warm summer night when I lay out and look up at the sky, the stars seem endless. In the endless nature of the sea and sky, I can see God. In these settings, I begin to gain an idea of how big and unending God’s love really is. Yet I also know God’s love is bigger than anything in nature and is beyond my comprehension.
The sky is vast and made up of millions and millions of stars. But each star matters, each star has a place. The sea is the same – many, many droplets of water, but each its own. This parallels us and our place in the family of God. Each of us is one of millions and millions, yet each is a special and unique creation of God – known since we were knit together in the womb. Each of us individually loved.
In this I find mystery. God’s love is as vast and endless as the sky or sea, yet God knows each of us by name. God counts that hairs on our heads. God knows and loves each of us in a deep and personal way. His is a mystery I cannot fully understand, but one I am deeply grateful for. For the mystery of God’s love, we say thanks be to God.