Unsolved Mysteries

As John was leaving for church one Sunday morning, he grabbed his shoes by the front door and slipped them on. He came out to the kitchen and said,

“There’s something wrong with my shoes- one of them is too small!”

“What?! That can’t be…you wear them every Sunday!” I said.

“I know…but look. One is smaller than the other,” he said.

To my amazement, one shoe appeared to be a half-size smaller. After cogitating way too long, we laughed at the weirdness of this mystery, and he found another pair of dress shoes to wear that day.

Mysteries. Life is full of them. Things that just don’t make sense. If we could view them from the top of the universe, we’d say, “Oooooh, so THAT’s what happened.” My husband John imagines heaven will have an IMAX screen in which we’ll see behind-the-scenes action films. Like, “This Was Your Life,” or “The REST of the Story” or “Solved Mysteries.” Until then, I trust.

It’s nothing much to ponder the small mysteries of disappearing shoes, but some of the biggies in life can really hang us up. Why did I lose our first-born, and another later on? Why were we the ones to witness a murder in that out-of-the-way place and as a result, have our lives threatened? Why have some of my dearly loved children struggled so? The list goes on and on.

There’s a whole lot that simply does not make sense this side of heaven. Am I willing to admit I have a finite mind that will not and can not understand? Can I be content entrusting those unknowns to the God I do know? I expected it from my children, can I do the same as a child of God?

We solved the mystery of John’s shoes. Earlier in the week, we’d hosted a worship night at our house for a large group from our church. They all dropped their shoes at the door, and somebody accidentally took John’s shoe. That somebody had the larger shoe, and apparently hadn’t noticed the difference of a half size. We sent out an e-mail inquiry, but no one responded. The mystery was eventually solved, but it took awhile.

So too, the Lord allows us to know the answer to some mysteries and we are privy to some secrets (though not nearly as many as I’d like), as we follow Him. It’s one of the many benefits of obeying His Word. More times than I can recount, we’ve been forewarned of thing to come, and instructed on what action to take. But I’d freak if I knew it all, which is probably one reason God holds His cards close.

Lord, help me be content to act upon the mysteries You has revealed, and entrust You with all the rest.


I no longer call you slaves, because a master doesn’t CONFIDE in his slaves. Now you are my friends, since I have told you everything the Father told me. John 15:13-15

The LORD our God has secrets known to no one. We are not accountable for them, but we and our children are accountable forever for all that he has revealed to us, so that we may obey all the terms of these instructions. Duet. 29:29

But it was to us that God revealed these things by his Spirit. For his Spirit searches out everything and shows us God’s deep secrets. 1 Cor. 2:10



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