If you attended Grace Community Church this past Sunday, you heard my sister, Shannon, sing a song by Sara Groves called “Mystery.” (If you’ve been reading my blog for the past couple weeks, you know that Sara Groves, one of my favorite music artists, is doing a concert at my church on Thursday, October 16 at 7pm. I encourage anyone in the West Michigan area to come, and you can click here to purchase tickets!)
Both Shannon and I wanted to sing/play “Mystery” this past Sunday, not just because it’s a Sara Groves song, but because its lyrics have been very meaningful to both of us. The lyrics of the chorus say,
And my body’s tired from trying to bring you here
And my brow is furrowed trying to see things clear
So I’ll turn my back to the black and fall
And wait for the mystery to rise up and meet me
There are times when life just seems “dark,” when our circumstances are bleak and we struggle to believe that God loves us and has good things for us. Wrestling with this shortsighted-ness is part of being a believer in Christ in a fallen world. Fortunately, the author of Hebrews doesn’t say that faith is seeing ahead to the future, rather, “Faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” For Christians, the goal is not to figure things out, but to surrender, to “turn our backs to the black and fall” upon the mystery of the salvation and hope that can only be found in Jesus Christ.
“Mystery” on YouTube.