One translation calls it a secret and the other a mystery.
Both talk about glory.
It happened again.
I woke with words from a verse. It’ll either be a verse or some lyrics and it happens quite often.
I’m listening to “Remember God” by Annie F. Downs now.
She writes of a desperate time in her life. One morning she woke with lyrics. It was significant for her.
I like her conclusion as to the reason, she says it must be because her mind is at rest when she’s sleeping and her soul can contribute to the conversation.
She didn’t say it just like that but, I see.
I’m such an imperfect follower of Jesus and yet, I’m still so very called to listen.
It’s the following that brings me words and lyrics.
“Christ in me, the hope of glory”
I thought about it, the minimization of this truth that I do.
Christ in me.
Must’ve been from talking with my cousin about how we want to live and be seen and known in our living by others who see.
See the peaceable of me, just see it, not needing any telling.
Like it truly is a secret or a mystery, the gradual change in the joy on my face, the ease in conversation, the letting be and letting go what are not matters that are to matter to me.
Glory, I longed to know what it is that I’m aching for, leaning towards, committed to and convinced of.
Of all the synonymous words,
I’ll stick with splendor.
I’ll keep my eyes peeled for the splendor that says to me,
There are beautiful things waiting with your name on them. This is hope, mysterious believing in splendor to come.
The tiny roses are blooming again even after being clearly overly pruned.
Oddly, the thorns are minimal and ones that are appearing are cushioned by tender green.
Little baby teacup like flowers are showing up amongst the leaves turning darker colors.
As if to say.
There are seasons even in the midst of a season, there are plot twists and mysterious yet to be seen glories.
The thing you’re waiting for, your assurance of ordering your days is taking its bittersweet time in arrival.
You just feel so scattered, you keep saying.
In the process, you see a settling, you sense a bit more comfort in the not always knowing.
And you know why your reply has been on repeat in various conversations related to your transition.
God is growing me in this season.
And you know for sure there’s no visible evidence and you know that’s okay.
It is true, you are growing.
There’s no need for notice or big “to do” over you.
What matters is the soul of you, the shift of your spirit, the incremental transition to the you known by God.
To peacable you, peaceful and at peace you.
Oh, I know it will happen again, likely tomorrow.
My first thought groggy but awake.
It will be of God.
Either song or scripture.
“And this is the secret: Christ lives in you. This gives you assurance of sharing his glory.”
Colossians 1:27 NLT
And I’ll chase it again, want to own it.
I’ll chase down that glory and I’ll say thank you Jesus for your persistence in chasing down my soul, wearing that thorny crown, causing me to wonder, leading me to follow.
Thank you for the secret, the mysterious hope of you.
4 thoughts on “Mystery and Secret”
I appreciate your FMFs. Lyrical, poetic prose. I especially needed this phrase today–“mysterious believing in splendor to come.” Thank you.
Thank you! Love reading your posts too!
This is so encouraging. Thank you. Especially for sharing of the overly pruned little roses that are now blooming.
I have this verse on my fridge at the moment and your words here fit so beautifully with it:
2 Peter 3:18 (NIV)
But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever! Amen.
Thank you so much. Yes, grow in grace!