Parts of verses 2 and 3 from Isaiah 64 came forward for me during today’s advent meditation:
“Make your name known . . . You did awesome deeds that we did not expect.”
And from Mark 13, verse 32 came forward:
“But about that day or hour no one knows neither angels . . . nor the Son.”
A longing for the name of God to be revealed rose up in me as I read these words. How does God reveal his name? Unexpectedly—surprisingly. This raises in me a desire for the uncertainty of God—those unexpected things that he does.
The words of Mark tell me that nobody knows when God will show himself. I desire his showing, but the pattern seems to be when I least expect it. He is unpredictable. He surprises. That excites me, but it is so uncertain. This is my uncertain hope—that God will surprise me in this season of advent.
Will he? Uncertain.