“Let a man so account of us, as of the ministers of Christ, and stewards of the mysteries of God. . . . Therefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord come, who both will bring to light the hidden things of darkness, and will make manifest the counsels of the hearts: and then shall every man have praise of God” (I Corinthians 4:1, 5 KJV).
Mystery nourishes writing, creating unresolved suspense, leading the reader into the unknown, evoking dark, primordial fears. God’s plots enrich our lives, twisting and turning, making our lives a mystery. Guiding us through darkness by filling us with light, God orchestrates our lives, weaving good and bad dramatically into our stories until we’re on the edge of our seats.
Incorporating God’s ways of designing a life story, writing with a flair for the unexpected, we model God’s intricate artistry, becoming students of the mysteries of God. As students, we dive into the biographies of the great men and women throughout history, examining their storylines, seeing the threads of God’s handiwork winding through their lives.
Mystery as Teacher
Composing from the center of mystery, we write paradoxically, sometimes speaking in riddles, other times nuking subtlety with clarity. Allowing mystery to teach us how to write, we embrace the mist without getting wet. We succeed where others fail by alluding to mystery with our words, letting mystery whisper its shades of meaning into our writing.
Letting mystery teach us, we become deeper and more multifaceted writers. Our new style generates more interest—even intrigue—while weaving strands of dark and light to present a complex web of mystery. Let mystery teach us.
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