We seek competency and proficiency in many areas of our lives. That is good and proper stewardship of what God has graced us with in life. As caregivers, it behooves us to provide as excellent of care as we can.
We feel most comfortable discussing and pursuing mastery. Mystery, though, is another reality altogether…
Its the mysteries in life that undo us.
Mysteries are the life circumstances in which we often feel stuck, confused, and undone. We cry out to God for relief and nothing seems to change. Even the Apostle Paul experienced God saying “no” to him when he cried out for help (see 2 Corinthians 12 for example).
Tolerance for Mystery
God seeks to grow us in our tolerance for mystery. As we grow in tolerance for mystery, we actually become more competent in our mastery. However, we often, sometimes unknowingly, ignore and hide the broken places in our lives; those places that undo us.
How is God growing your tolerance for mystery? How might this growth impact your mastery of journeying with others well?
At the annual Mental Health and Missions Conference (November 2017. See mti.org for information) I addressed this paradoxical dynamic we find ourselves in. You can listen to it in its entirety.
As always, I’d love to hear your thoughts and responses.