Seven4Seven: Week 37

Aug 2, 2009

“Daniel replied, ‘No wise man, enchanter, magician or diviner can explain to the king the mystery he has asked about,

… but there is a God in heaven who reveals mysteries…'” ~ Daniel 2:27-28

I don’t understand why it was 68 degrees at the end of July.

I don’t know why my dog daily sheds enough hair to make two throw pillows.

I can’t figure out my husband. Ever.

Predicting teenage mood swings escapes me.

Why anyone would ruin good coffee with sugar packets, syrups and whipped cream is a complete mystery.

I don’t know why my one-and-a-half-year-old nephew was adopted only to die one year later.

And I don’t understand why his drug-addict mother keeps having children while a heart-broken friend has been praying for a baby for years.

I don’t know how I could be so wrong about somebody I trusted.

I can’t figure out why we’re allowed to dream some dreams that will never be.

And I don’t understand a God who seems so close one second and so far away the next.

I’m not a fan of mysteries, and if I can run to the last page of a gripping novel to resolve my angst I will. Every time. But when it comes to life, mysteries are the name of the game. And I have little choice in the matter. My life book is a tangle of loose ends. And no college degree or ramped up search engine can relieve my questions and solve my unknowns.

“… but there is a God in heaven.”

And He’s on the last page in my book.

  • Day 253 (Monday): Ezekiel 42-43
  • Day 254: Ezekiel 44-45
  • Day 255: Ezekiel 46-48
  • Day 256: Joel 1-3
  • Day 257: Daniel 1-3
  • Day 258: Daniel 4-6
  • Day 259: Daniel 7-9


  1. Susan

    I’m rereading the Book of Job right now. He asks many of the same questions – maybe not the one about the coffee.

    I recall the great faith chapter in Hebrews. By faith … God performed all these great miracles. Then there is another group mentioned – “and others were tortured, not accepting deliverance; that they might obtain a better resurrection….” These that don’t seem to have their prayers answered in this life seem to have the greater faith.

  2. alece

    “but there is a God in heaven…”

    mmm… so good. thank you for that. sincerely.

  3. Michele

    “These that don’t seem to have their prayers answered in this life seem to have the greater faith … ” Wow, Susan. A powerful, provocative thought.

    Problem is I usually want the greater comfort rather than the greater faith.

    “…but there is a God in heaven … ”

    (I’ve missed you, Alece … glad to see your beautiful face again)

  4. Susan

    Frankly, I am with you, Michele, on wanting comfort than the greater faith. It’s so easy to pontificate, but when it’s personal – well that’s another story. I want deliverance and a comforting outcome. I have had many moments when I thought – God, is this some kind of cruel cosmic joke on me?

    As you and Alece reaffirmed – there is a God in heaven …


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