I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now.
~ John 16:12
I think that I am grateful that I don't know everything about God. Having spent several years attending mass in the Roman Catholic Church earlier in my life, there is something about the term, "The mysteries of God," that I have grown to love.
Not having all the answers invites us into a relationship that is full of discoveries.
Jesus tells the disciples that he simply cannot tell them all that there is to know about God because they cannot begin to bear everything. Learning to live each new day, open, and vulnerable to the Spirit, means that we continue to discover new things about God and our relationship with the Creator.
Besides not knowing everything about God, I am also grateful that we live in a diverse world with people who we can also learn from.
I recently shared with a group that one day in my job I had to find a "Russian speaking Rabbi, a Chinese speaking Monk, and a Spanish speaking Priest all before noon. And I did because I live in the Houston area and we are a real melting pot within the United States."
Each day I also learn from others.
Realizing that I don't know everything about God, or others, also means that I am still being shaped. Allowing ourselves to be open to change is one of the greatest challenges that we face, and one that even Jesus understood can be difficult for some.
Living each day, open to the mysteries of God, allows for us to experience God anew in us each day.
Stay in God's grip!
G. Todd Williams (c) 2019
Rev. G. Todd Williams lives in the Houston metro area and is a Hospice Chaplain at Essential Hospice, Webster, Texas, and is an ordained Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) pastor.