God Is: a Mystery

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We’ve received such beautiful recounts of who God is from our ladies this month. I love hearing your stories and I’m inspired by your words. As I read, I can’t help thinking, Lord Almighty, I’m glad I didn’t have to tackle this one. But, here I am.

I’ve been in a cycle of start, stop, delete, start again for days. I’m struggling with this topic. Since this is a platform for authenticity, I’m going to be real with you:

I don’t know how to define God with words. He’s such a mystery to me.

As a writer, who prides herself on crafting beautifully-worded descriptions of things, this frustrates me. I’m probably overthinking it, but I’m having thoughts like:

Do I even know who God is?

Shouldn’t I be able to define who God is? 

Is this a subjective question? 

Am I a terrible person if I Google some inspiration?

I can think of numerous Scriptures that name the attributes of God. These attributes are demonstrated in stories and further declared by the mouths of His followers. God is love. He is our rock. Our fortress. He is our strength. He is our refuge. He is the beginning and the end. He is our comfort. He is all-powerful and all-knowing. He is truth. He is our Heavenly Father. He is good.

I’ve heard these phrases my whole life, but I don’t fully understand what they mean. I can list God’s attributes out and name the verse where they live, but I’ve lost some of the meaning behind them, in the rhythm of hearing them. I’m accustomed to this list; this incomprehensible list of facets I get to experience because of His grace. How did this happen?

So, I’d like to take a different approach. With all the humility, I invite you to join in a challenge I’ve given myself. The challenge is:

Never stop exploring the vastness of God’s character or experiencing his immeasurable love for you. Read the testaments of His character with a new set of eyes. Don’t fear the mystery of defining Him, because He’s greater than words can capture. Instead, acknowledge how He’s revealing more of his character to you every day.

The more I learn about God, the more I realize that I’ve only breached the surface of who He is. In Job, we’re told we can’t even fathom the mysteries of God. His limits measure longer than the earth and wider than the sea. There is so much left to explore. There is so much left to experience. I never want to stop! I hope you’ll join in my excitement, as we discover more of who He is, together.

Job 11:7-9 (NIV)

“Can you fathom the mysteries of God?

Can you probe the limits of the Almighty?

They are higher than the heavens above — what can you do?

They are deeper than the depths below — what can you know?

Their measure is longer than the earth 

and wider than the sea.”

alyssaHi Ladies! I’m looking so forward to growing with you, as a new admin for the blog. Since I started following, I’ve been blown away by the stories of hope and strength you’ve shared. I can’t wait to see how God continues to grow this platform for connection. We have so much to learn about Him — and each other!

I can usually be found hovering around the coffee station on Sundays, and would love to meet you in person. I’ll happily show you pictures of my fur baby, Ro, or point you toward                                                                    my favorite Portland coffee shops:)

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