We just returned from visiting my daughter in D.C. and it reminded me of my first trip there nine or so years ago. That particular trip remains locked in our family lore due to the notoriety I gained –that of being the only member of my son’s eighth grade trip to get lost.
Yep, full on, call-the-security Lost. Imagine my distress when I received my son’s phone call:
Son: “Where are you?”
Me: Insert eye roll. “In the Spy Museum. Where are you?”
Son: “We’re all on the bus waiting for you.”
And, while I never won “chaperone of the year,” my affinity for all things espionage was quite clear. To this day, a good spy novel/mystery entertains me to no end.
“The secret things belong to the LORD our God, but the things revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may follow all the words of the law.” Deuteronomy 29:29
“The knowledge of the secrets of the kingdom of heaven has been given to you…” Matt 13:11 emphasis added
Seem too ambiguous for you? Well, then let that be the impetus for looking for answers. I assure you, curiosity has been the exact motive that spurs me forward in Bible study.
And what have I found? Oh, I hoped you’d ask. First of all, that our seeking actually pleases the Lord:
“’You will seek Me and find Me when you seek Me with all your heart. I will be found by you,’ declares the LORD” Jeremiah 29:13-14a
“This is what the LORD says—the LORD who made the earth, who formed and established it, whose name is the LORD: Ask Me and I will tell you remarkable secrets you do not know about things to come.” Jeremiah 33:2-3 NLT emphasis added
Then, the sweetest treasure of all:
“The mystery that has been kept hidden for ages and generations, but is now disclosed to the saints. To them God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is…” …wait for it…
“… Christ in you, the hope of glory.” Colossians 1:26-27 emphasis added
And plumbing the depths of that relationship will continue to occupy my heart and mind, making me so much more than I could ever be on my own. Just don’t leave me in charge of your eighth graders.