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Our Mysterious God

Her torch that lit the way and her arm that held it proudly toward the sky had both arrived in America in 1876, but the remaining 350 pieces of our beloved lady from France arrived in New York in 1885—350 individual pieces that needed to be put back together again.

The man who sculpted the Statue of Liberty, Auguste Bartholdi, had created the map that would put her back together upon her arrival to America’s shore. The French workers who disassembled the statue created wooden frames to secure each piece for its ocean voyage, numbering or marking with a symbol each one so that they could be put together properly. Some of the pieces were warped during the journey and had to be refitted once in New York. But the day came in the fall of 1886 when the Statue of Liberty was presented in her glory.

Imagine opening those wooden crates and laying out 350 individual pieces that would eventually make up the 111 foot statue weighing 450,000 pounds… Where to start! But there was Bartholdi’s map to follow, and the mystery of the monumental task was solved, piece by piece.

When it comes to understanding the mysterious ways of God, there is no map with numbers and symbols to show where every piece should go. We are called to place our trust in Him, believing that His ways are perfect. There is a beautiful picture of this trust in the Book of Ecclesiastes:

God’s ways are as mysterious as the pathway of the wind and as the manner in which a human spirit is infused into the little body of a baby while it is yet in its mother’s womb. Ecclesiastes 11:5

The ways of the invisible breath from above that moves the trees with its power, or the beginnings of the eternal spirit inside an unborn baby cannot be understood by the human mind, and the ways of God are not ours to understand either. This is the beauty of Who God is. Perhaps we will have those answers in heaven, but there is something of wonder in serving our God of mysteries, simply knowing that He knows!

About Lisa

My husband Dan and I have three children and three grandchildren. We live in central Illinois. I am a graduate of The Institute of Children's Literature, a member of faithwriters.com, and a member of SCBWI. My writings have been published at chirstiandevotions.us, in DevotionMagazine, the PrairieWind Newsletter, and here at thebottomline.co.

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  1. Enjoy your writing. Very well articulated. Thanks for using your talent that the Lord has gifted to you.

  2. Hey my name is ieaha Allen I don’t have a job right now I’m trying though. I want to get closer to God I want to learn how to forgive how to except my self how to love me as well as ofhers. I struggle with depression. I had shot myself in the head with a 16 Gage 2017 March 14 before I did that I took a bunch of pills. It was God who let me servive that!! I just want to ask y’all to pray for me please pray that I can read and understand the Bible please.

    • Hello Iesha. Thanks for sharing your story. One of the most courageous things we can do it share a part of who we are with others, especially our trials. We’re not meant to go through life’s journey on our own and it’s good to have others offering support. We can definitely pray for you. We also do a prayer chain throughout the week on our Facebook page. You’re more than welcome to join in. As far as understanding the Bible, I’m sure you’ll be fine. As Christians, it’s something that lives inside of us, and we probably won’t understand all of it at the snap of a finger, but it’s something that progresses with us as we go through life and helps us grow. Feel free to keep us updated and wishing you God’s blessings as you go down the path He has for you.

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