Posted by: Jim E | April 19, 2010

Elephant, Mouse, Blue Whale and Jonah…

And I could add…a White Rose…the Resurrection…and other mysteries…more on that later…

A mystery…something not understood or is beyond understanding…it can only be known by revelation and even then we cannot fully understand…there are lots of them in life…things that happen and we cannot explain why it happened…those of us who are Christians many times will attribute God intervening in our lives…

You know…we meet someone for the first time and it turns into a serendipitous meeting…with just the “right things” happening and said…and after we can’t believe what just happened…happenstance?…most people say so…we may say so…but in the back of our minds…we wonder…was that more than just happenstance…

Or we are saved from an accident happening by just inches or a few seconds…and there are thousands of situations that have happened to all of us…we “know” that God had His hand in this situation or that…it just couldn’t have happened by accident…

I read a book called “A Cracking of the Heart”…I posted something from that book some weeks ago…but let me quote from the book…written by a Jewish writer, David Horowitz…first, let me remind you it is about his daughter who had just died…

“Three months after we buried her, spring turned to summer, and the skeletal garden in front of the Berkeley house came back with a flourish, exfoliating in petal reds and leafy greens. On a bright morning, moving among the bougainvillea and vines, Elissa came upon the stalk of a single white rose. ‘I never believed in the idea of a spiritual presence before,’ she said when she told me of her find. ‘But no one planted a white rose in that garden, and none ever appeared before now. I can’t look at it, without thinking of Sarah.’ Like her mother, I am skeptical about mystical phenomena. But, like her, I believe in my daughter, and in her exemplary life, and I feel her presence every day.”

Even to someone who would not agree with a Christian saying that God may have something to do with that white rose…he and his wife still have been confronted by a mystery…it cannot be explained and it cannot be denied…only given the meaning that he wrote above…in another place in the book he talks about another mysterious idea…he said that his daughter did not believe in the messianic resurrection but he now thinks of the resurrection of his daughter in this way…that after losing a loved one…“Pay attention to the ways in which your relationship continues.”...

I have found that to be true in my life (and I believe in the messianic resurrection!!!)…that after losing my Mom and Dad…as I have had time to remember and think about them…I have found that our relationship has continued…remembering things they said and did…my time with them…it continues that relationship…no doubt a mystery…most of a younger age would said that is stupid…and is a stupid idea…aah, yes, it is a mystery…one that may come later in life…those of us of a certain age can relate to the death of a loved one or loved ones…and how that relationship continues…

And how about the blue whale…the elephant…the mouse…and Jonah…I read this in National Geographic Magazine a year ago…and saved it…for what I’m not sure…but here goes…if we are talking about mysteries…things we don’t understand…National Geographic was describing the blue whale…the species name in Latin is musculus, meaning, “mouse”…apparently a joke…The “little mouse whale” can grow to 200 tons and 100 feet long. A single little mouse whale weighs as much as the entire National Football League. Just as an elephant might pick up a little mouse in its trunk, so the elephant, in its turn, might be taken up by a blue whale and carried along on the colossal tongue. Had Jonah been injected intravenously, instead of swallowed, he could have swum the arterial vessels of this whale, boosted along every ten seconds or so by the slow, godlike pulse.

Now that is a mystery…something I can’t understand…the largest creature ever to live…I stand as amazed by what the National Geographic Magazine describes and we know this whale lives, we have seen them on TV, maybe in person…an elephant on the tongue…a man being able to swim through its blood vessels…we may not understand, we may not even want to believe…but it is so…

And just as the mouse, the elephant, the blue whale, Jonah, the white rose that appeared, the resurrection and other mysteries in this life happen around us…many times they cannot be explained but they cannot be denied…I have chosen to live “with them”…and give all the praise to the God who is in control…that, of course, is the biggest mystery of them all…

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