We all experience seasons in the "spiritual desert" when God feels far, far away. We're spiritually flat, lifeless – empty. Even so, the desert does not have to be our enemy. The desert can be a place of beauty as David reveals in Psalm 63. In the desert is where we find a beautiful simplicity: there is only one thing that really matters – and it is our relationship with God. All else pales in comparison. HIs living water again fills the wells of our souls when we remember the deeply personal nature of that relationship, our call to "follow hard after" Him (in the desert, don't stop – keep moving!), to remember His faithfulness in our past, and to always keep thanksgiving and praise upon our lips. A desert is a temporary place. It does not last, so come again to His waters – and drink – for it is the Source of Life.
"Behold, I tell you a mystery: we will not all sleep, but we will all be changed..." 1 Corinthians 15:51. Mystery. The older I get, it is a word with which I am more comfortable. While God has revealed an enormous amount through Christ and His Word, there are some things that are and will forever be unknown. They are mysteries. This concurs with Genesis 1 when God told Adam and Eve they could not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. In our limited humanity, we are not capable of knowing such things. For that reason, heaven is all the grander. Think of how incredible it will be when nothing is mysterious, when all things are known. In heaven, there is only light. Nothing is hidden or veiled. All will be seen and understood without asking. "Now we see but as a poor reflection in a mirror; then, we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known." 1 Corinthians 13:12 We can live in the mysteries when we trust in the One who is all-knowing, who knows us fully, and who will one day make all things known.