Mysterious Control… JW Kaiser
When you’re out surfing, do you usually hold the illusion like I do that you’re the one in control? But in reality, I’ve been hurt surfing, even on the smallest of days, when I thought I had it all under control. My misperception of being in control on top of the water doesn’t even take into account what is under the water! The rocks I don’t see. The reef I’m unfamiliar with. The man in the grey suit. Can we all admit that when we are surfing, we are all deceiving ourselves?
The ocean is mighty, and mighty unpredictable. Although the seas are created by God for our enjoyment and to reflect his Glory, they are also a great reminder that God is also mighty, and mighty unpredictable. Have you ever prayed and felt the prayer went unheard? Have you ever committed with all your best intentions to follow Jesus and asked for his help to overcome sin, only to fall into familiar traps? Have you seen beauty one day and tragedy the next? The mystery of God’s control over his creation, in regards to what appears to be inconsistency, is actually a beautiful thing. We have to ask ourselves two fundamental questions to appreciate the mystery of God’s control: Is God good? The answer is always yes. And, Is God wild? Wilder than we can imagine.
The apostle Paul wrote to the church in Corinth these words about God’s mysterious ways: “God’s wisdom is something mysterious that goes deep into the interior of his purposes. You don’t find it lying around on the surface. It’s not the latest message, but more like the oldest—what God determined as the way to bring out his best in us, long before we ever arrived on the scene.” 1 Cor. 2:7-8
I’ve heard it said that the way God shows us that He’s in control of every moment and circumstance in life is to put us in situations we can’t control, as reminder that he is God and we are not. So the next time you push through a wave that is powerful enough to help you realize your lack of control in the ocean, remember this… God is wild. God is good. God is powerful. And his mysteries are all working toward a goal to love us with his best for us.