A dazzling promise
-Pastor Miriam Smith
When I was a teenager, I latched on to 1 Corinthians 2:9, as a word of comfort. This is where the apostle Paul is explaining that sometimes the wisdom of God is hidden from plain sight. In fact, he says, much of what God has planned is beyond what we can see. The NIV translation puts this way, “God has prepared things for those who love him that no eye has seen, or ear has heard, or that haven’t crossed the mind of any human being.” As one who needed to know that God cared when my future wasn’t as clear as I wanted, I clung to that promise. The idea of something better for me than what I could ever come up with was dazzling.
I find that verse hanging out in my mind again on a regular basis these days. I’m writing this to you from an in-between place myself. We are busy at our home in Huntsville packing up and getting ready to move to Decatur. Right now it feels like we will never finish and we are so ready to be moved in tomorrow!
I think many of us would like for things to hurry up and be “back to normal” already. There is so much that is unsettled inside of us too as we realize what we are missing right now and wonder what will happen next. We are having to “wait and see” for so much and in so many ways. It can be exhausting!
That’s where the promise comes in: that God and God’s plans are bigger and better and beyond what we could come up with on our own! We see in the Bible how God shows up when people are in between Something Known and The New Unknown. Sarah and Abraham go off to follow where God will lead them, and they become God’s people in the journey. The disciples on the road to Emmaus begin their walk alongside Jesus distraught and downcast, not knowing what the future will hold. As they listen to him explain Scripture and share the good news of the resurrection, they end up in a very different state of mind than what they started with! Between their beginning lament and their eventual knowing, they say that their hearts burned within them—in short, God was doing something there, too.
God is always at work in this world, even when we can’t see what’s next for us. In the journey—in the packing and the moving!—God is doing something dazzling already.