Where have you been? Where are you going? And why?
A week ago my wife and I attended a concert by a guy named Andrew Peterson. Andrew’s first song begins at the beginning of the Story, then traces God’s pursuit of humanity down through the kings and prophets and then to Jesus. In essence, the music tells the Larger Story, the drama of God’s workings since time started. But I missed it. I didn’t enter in. I listened and I analyzed. I tried to intellectually grasp the narrative and fit it into a box that could fully be understood.
It makes sense to me now why Paul says what he does in Colossians 2:1-2, “For I want you to know how great a struggle I have for you…to reach…the knowledge of God’s mystery, which is Christ.” It’s ironic to me that he uses the word “knowledge.” I don’t think he means that in a heady sense. To me, knowledge here means entering into an experience, like a relationship.
Try it today. Watch a movie, read a book, read the Bible, talk to a friend. Don’t analyze or think too much. Enter in. Ask God to show you His heart and invite you into the experience of it all.