I find You in the mystery… Oceans, by Hillsong United
Have faith for the unseen, the unknown, the path less traveled by… go where Spirit leads you. Take the leap, jump the divide, bridge the gap. The impossible can happen. Should happen. Will happen. Because it's happened before.
It’s too far outside of the box.
There’s too much ambiguity.
It goes against how we’ve always done it, what we’ve always said.
On the one hand, we encourage faith. On the other, we seek to control and stifle it. It’s becoming harder for me to sing songs like this one:
“You call me out upon the waters
The great unknown where feet may fail
And there I find You in the mystery
In oceans deep
My faith will stand”
– Oceans, Hillsong United
Because although we claim to want the oceans deep, we also want to lay claim to what that looks like, sounds like, feels like, before we even get there. Or before others get there.
We don’t give much room for mystery within the mysteries and secrets that God is and does and declares throughout the world in a million different ways, most of which we miss because we’re looking for something specific, labeled, explained, obvious…
But we find God in the mystery. God dwells where we are least likely to look. Transcending explanation and labels and logic and rules.
The Divine is there… out upon the waters, in the great unknown.
In Hebrew, faith is the word “Emunah.” In its original understanding, Emunah isn’t about what you believe; it is beyond belief. It is an innate conviction, a perception of truth that transcends, rather than evades, reason.
“Nevertheless, Emunah is not based on reason. Reason can never attain the certainty of Emunah, since, reasonably speaking, a greater reasoning might always come along and prove your reasons wrong. In this way, Emunah is similar to seeing first hand: Reason can help you better understand what you see, but it will have a hard time convincing you that you never saw it. So too, Emunah endures even when reason can't catch up.”
– Rabbi Tzvi Freeman, What is Emunah?
What Emunah connotes is the basis for the soul’s relationship to spirituality. One who lives with Emunah is one who sees their existence firmly rooted in The Divine. Emunah is not a destination, or a creed, or a label. It’s what you journey with on your way to who knows where.
The great challenge faith faces today in our modern world, is not to become safe, predictable, controlled… reasonable. It never has been. It never will be. The second greatest challenge it faces is being told what is reasonable and what isn’t.
So, how do we know for sure what waters are the right ones to be called out upon? How do we know which ocean, which mystery, which great unknown where our feet may fail, is correct?
Well, my friend, if I knew the answers, it wouldn’t be faith at all.
What I can say is this: trust the love you are held within. Spirit will lead you. Love will keep you. After all, love made Jesus do crazy things that seemed unfit for any reasonable savior.
If you journey with faith, it won't matter where you go.
Remember that the next time you want to judge someone for the ocean they’ve found themselves on. Or when you question the waters you’ve been called to miraculously walk upon.
Faith always looks like a miracle. And who’s to say how a miracle should behave?