“Nicodemus said to Him, ‘How can these things be?’ Jesus answered and said to him, ‘Are you the teacher of Israel and do not understand these things?’” (John 3:9-10).
Those longest in the life of faith should be the ones most familiar with God’s redemptive purposes being fulfilled in unexpected and never before seen ways. Ironically, and tragically, just the opposite seems to often hold true. One of the most telling differences between the practice of religion and the pursuit of faith is the tendency of religion to put God in a “box,” system, or structure that limits the working of God to the confines of our rituals, traditions, expressions, and preferences. Faith embraces the mystery of not knowing and the imagination of possibilities.