His Mysterious Ways

“Jesus replied, “You do not realize now what I am doing, but later you will understand.”” John 13:7

In about ten weeks I’ll be a first time grandma.  And even though I’ve personally experienced the miracle of childbirth twice, I still find the whole thing a mystery.  When I look at an obviously pregnant woman it still fascinates me that there’s a living, breathing being inside that stomach.  It all seems so alien-like.  

And that’s what my praise focuses on today – the amazing mysteries of God.  As we humans have moved along our timeline, “science” has become its own religion.  We must “follow the science” and accept that “science” explains everything.  I can see why Jesus, in particular, loved children and child-like acceptance of God.  Because children keep asking the “whys.”  We can say we understand that a woman gets pregnant because a man’s sperm meets a woman’s egg.  But can we really explain why a woman releases an egg on such a regular basis? Why one group within a species only has eggs and the other has sperm?  And how a sperm knows the path to the egg and that it should break through the barrier to enter it?  And once it does, we know a process begins whereby DNA strands begin multiplying over and over creating that beautiful little baby.  But why?  

We humans certainly love to fool ourselves into thinking we have a lot of control over what and how things happen on this planet.  We think we can control the climate.  Yet, the world’s climate has been changing back and forth since before humans were in abundance. Droughts, torrential rain, tornados, hurricanes, blizzards — none of these can be made or controlled by man. Of course, if we remove God from the equation then we think we can get to the root “cause” and fix or change everything.

The other day while I was out for a walk, I just started thanking and praising God for this amazingly biodiverse and mysterious world He plopped us to live in.  For the air that is just right from me to breathe freely.  For the food that literally just grows on trees.  For the process of rain and fresh water.  For the mystery of making a baby inside our bodies – how everything gets rearranged just right to accommodate the child, how we still don’t know why our body says, “it’s time to be born.”

I know there’s a lot of smart people out there that can sound more “sciencey” than me when talking about how things work on this planet.  When I get into those conversations and keep asking, “but why?” or “but how?” the answers always find their end.  Science will never be able to answer the final “why?”  As a Christian I know I can say, “because God.”


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