Who doesn’t love a good mystery? I remember spending much of my weekly allowance at our local bookstore on my favorite mystery series, Nancy Drew. A lovely strawberry-blond teenager wearing a cloche hat and a beautiful tweed dress, tooling around town in her new convertible given to her by her lawyer father, Carson Drew, she began solving mysteries in 1930. I loved to imagine creeping through the woods, thunder rolling in the distance, or stealing out late at night with only a small flashlight in order to catch a criminal in the act along with the brave Nancy.
On library day, I would go to the shelf lined with Encyclopedia Brown Mysteries. He’d been helping his father, chief of police in Idaville, solve crimes since 1963, while dodging the infamous Tigers Gang in his neighborhood and spending time with his best friend, Sally. Sometimes, I could not resist peaking in the back of the book for the answer to a particular mystery that Encyclopedia was working on.
These books are rites of passage from my generation, a time when riding a bike and listening to a transistor radio were summer pastimes, and reading was our world of imagination. Those fictional, entertaining mysteries were always solved in the end with the turn of the final page.
It would be wonderful if life was like a mystery novel–the answers tucked nicely in the back pages! But we can still rejoice because we can put our trust in a loving God Who sees everything from the beginning to the end…
In the same way, we can see and understand only a little about God now, as if we were peering at his reflection in a poor mirror; but someday we are going to see him in his completeness, face-to-face. Now all that I know is hazy and blurred, but then I will see everything clearly, just as clearly as God sees into my heart right now. 1 Corinthians 13:12
For the christian, the day is coming when we will see God clearly, face-to-face. The final page will be revealed and we will no longer have only partial answers and vague understanding. God will solve our mysteries in a moment.