God is mysterious. Anyone can tell you that. God in the Old Testament revealed himself in creation, in his dealings with a select few, and in the Law, but allowed a shroud of mystery to remain. The mystery of God pulled a good many into communion with Him through sacrifices and priests, but there was always a point where the face-to-face encounter with the Holy One was just not possible.
Many people, when asked the reason they got divorced, cite something along the lines of “the mystery was gone–we just knew each other too well.” Mystery is never meant to be lost, it is meant to deepen. The mystery shifts from being self-oriented to being togetherness-oriented. Before, the mystery was rooted in “I wonder what else I don’t know about you”, but now, the mystery is “what has and is happening between us that continues to bind our hearts together?”
Mystery leads us to worship and acknowledge him from a distance–leaving a place for honor and awe. Hidden-ness leads us to desire to know that which is kept secret, which is a good thing. But only in intimacy is there the ability to create a life. Only in vulnerability and being known is true strength. It’s the dynamite to the universe. God revealing himself–that single act created the universe, gave the law, gave Jesus, and provided the indwelling Holy Spirit. God seriously couldn’t get any closer.
He unveiled himself, and asks the same of us–His Bride. He is asking us to give in to the call to intimacy with Him. He is asking us to honor Him by allowing Him to weave our hearts with His. He could have remained the God on a hill–the God behind the veil, but he chose to become a God revealed–the God alive within our very skin, sharing our existence. When we say “yes” to vulnerability with Him and allow the closeness to invade our space, He floods us with all the creativity of a God who is always dreaming. Through that imagination, we will see the true majesty of the Holy One–face to face, displayed in the world.
There is a good, great power in mystery; but the creative potential of intimacy is unlimited. Take the risk. God did.
Thank you Father that you’ve revealed yourself first. Help me to say “yes” to your intimacy.