Have you ever wondered what would have become of Eden had Eve and Adam eaten from the Tree of Life first and obeyed God? Eden was but one small location within a very large earth and the first two humans were told to have dominion over the earth and to multiply and fill it. Eden was perfect and yet incomplete. It was designed to expand.
God gives us starting points for exploration, then sends us into the wonder and mystery of uncovering what we find. He does this, I believe, because there is something inherently good about the process of seeking and finding. A need in us is actually met; a yearning is satisfied when we seek and explore; uncover and study the depths of God.
I have come to learn that this is true of God's prophetic words as well. When God gives a vision, it is our own personal Eden. It is a starting point, then calls us and draws us to a great exploration of what He wants to reveal to us. God's words are intriguing and mystifying. They are full of hints and lures. They calls us deeper into the mystery of who He is. They call us deeper into the mystery of who we are. God knows that we learn the best lessons through discovery.
When I was a kid, our family got a new riding lawn mower. The old one had broken down, so, after the purchase was made, the old one was given to me to tear apart and explore. I loved tearing apart that old lawn mower, looking inside every nook and corner to see what made that thing tick. I believe God wants us to do the same thing with His Kingdom. Pentecost was perfect and yet incomplete. It was designed to expand.
"Of the increase of His government and peace there will be no end." (Isaiah 9:7a NIV)
We are agents of increase.
We are explorers.
We are seekers and discoverers.
We are agents of multiplication.
We are made more mature in Christ through searching and finding.
We are made for pondering and reflecting.
We are designed to dig and uncover.
Perhaps God has spoken to you with a still, small voice. He gives you a vision or a single word. Have you ever pondered that word searching it relentlessly for meaning and layers of implications? God alone does this kind of good work. He knows us better than we know ourselves. If you've received a word and yet have not explored it, I would encourage you to do so. He's calling you into something deeper if you will explore it.
I pray today that you will be changed by what is revealed as you explore the mysteries of God.
Brett Heintzman is passionate about the spiritual formation of God's people. These writings are designed to draw us close to God and to help us live out of the riches of His presence. It's all about being in the world but not of the world.