“The secret things belong to the Lord our God, but the things that are revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may do all the words of this law.” “It is the glory of God to conceal things, but the glory of kings is to search things out.” “Call to me and I will answer you, and will tell you great and hidden things that you have not known.” Deuteronomy 29:29; Proverbs 25:2; Jeremiah 33:3
“Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways! ‘For who has known the mind of the Lord, or who has been his counselor?’ For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be glory forever. Amen.” Romans 11:33-34,36
Corona: something suggesting a crown. The puzzle is entitled, “World Champions,” depicting the crowning of Major League Baseball’s 2006 victors. The coronavirus came disguised, certain symptoms recognizable, yet invisibly sinister and incomprehensibly contagious for an unknown period of time. Under a microscope, it is lovely, shaped like a crown, yet its spread and ravage are a royal headache, and heartache. The puzzle comes with a title, no image, and almost 1100 colorful, complicated pieces to fit together. Both carry great mystery to man, yet are entirely known by God the King, who in His glory, conceals things so we can search them out.
Mystery behooves us, yet as creatures made in God’s image, we yearn to search out what is beyond us, to discover, to understand. And in this exploration and crying out for comprehension, we get just enough taste of God’s limitless grace and glory for us to savor His royal goodness and hunger for more.
As hours, days, weeks go by, we learn increasingly more about the virus and put pieces together for new treatment and guidelines. Some mystery concealed is now mystery revealed, but many components still hide unknown or undeciphered in the dark. Unlike a puzzle, it may never be completely resolved, yet we know Who created and rules the kingdom. (Colossians 1:16)
When I yearn to understand, do I seek out my Lord? Do I take time to contemplate and praise His infinitude, His measureless knowledge, love, wisdom, perfection, holiness, and justice? Will I number His mercies, trace His hand through my days and years, recount His gifts? Do I recognize the ways my faith has grown and made a difference? Am I spending time in the hidden place, beholding His glory, relishing His power toward me and the resurrection power He offers? (Exodus 33:18-23; Ephesians 1:15-21; Philippians 3:10)
In all things puzzling and concealed, we can trust the perfect authority of the King of kings. His is the supreme crown. His plans are faithful and sure, His ends worthy of our confidence and rejoicing. (Isaiah 25:1,6-9)
“Crown him the Lord of life,
who triumphed o’er the grave,
and rose victorious in the strife
for those he came to save;
his glories now we sing
who died and rose on high,
who died eternal life to bring,
and lives that death may die.” ~Matthew Bridges (1851)
Preeminent Sovereign, omniscient Lord over all that is concealed and secret, keep me delving deep to know You better, and in unfathomed mysteries, fortify my trust in Thee.