Reformation Lutheran Church A Congregation of the ELCA

Saturday, March 18

Trusting the Mysteries

Mystery was my favorite genre in fifth and sixth grade. I read about ghosts and kids getting locked in old mansions. These were all scary at the time. The characters would find notes or clues written in poems, which made me think outside the box - find a deeper meaning, like my mom says.

Though most mysteries I read were creepy, some mysteries are not scary at all. Like in the Bible, when Jesus healed the blind man. If Jesus had the power to heal people that easily, then why didn’t he do it more? Why did God let all these people who had disease die? No one knows. God has a plan for all of us. He has sent us all to earth as beautiful little children. He, in his own way, will shape us and mold us into pieces of art.

Another mystery in the Bible is about the 12 disciples. How they just dropped what they were doing to follow a man is amazing. There was no contract, no “You have two days to pack your bags and leave your loved ones,” message. They just went, trusting that God would take care of them and love them. If someone today asked me to leave my home to travel and follow around a guy that I’d never met, I would not accept. I would miss my friends and family too much.

Mysteries are called mysteries for a reason. They are simply things that we have not figured out. We might not ever know why a person committed suicide. We might never find out why black holes pull in everything around them. There is one person, though, we can trust only through faith. Not through logic and thoughts. That is God. God knows everything - everything known and unknown to us. In fact, probably every time we learn something, God says, “I know that. I knew that you would learn about that today. I sent you to live on earth to discover things like that. I knew this before you were even you and before that was even that.”

When Albert Einstein made all those scientific discoveries, God was there. God encouraged him through small and large victories with the same intensity. Einstein’s first step as a toddler was as exciting to God as when he discovered the formula E=mc Every movement and step that we take is important to God.

An old pair of shoes is dirty and scuffed. That’s how life is. Life is dirty and rough. We can’t just buy a new pair of shoes. We are stuck with the same ones. Jesus died for us so that we get a “new pair of shoes.” Ones with no scuffs, ones that are wiped clean of dirt. That is one of the greatest mysteries of all. That is love.

Tara Rindt
Middle school student

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