This article was published in Fathom Magazine on April 22, 2019.
Living well requires feeding more than the body and the mind.
G.K. Chesterton said, “Mysticism keeps [people] sane. As long as you have mystery you have health; when you destroy mystery, you create morbidity.” Mysticism—mystery—is the main ingredient in what feeds the soul. But what exactly is mystery? J. Hampton Keathley explains that mystery, in a spiritual context, “refers to truth which [people] cannot comprehend by experience, trial and error, testing, or by [their] own reason or human philosophy.”
Scripture uses the term “mystery” to describe the deepest revelations of God, such as the divine redemptive plan worked out before the foundations of the world were set. That plan resulted in the means of salvation for every person who would receive it, and those souls are initiated into “the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven.”
Another “profound mystery” that Scripture speaks of is the relationship between Christ and his church. Human reasoning cannot define how we have become the bride and the body of Christ. Yet it is in this mysterious body that our souls are fed with the word and fellowship.
A Feast of Mysteries
Mystery can be found everywhere in God’s creation, and in the sub-creation of God’s creatures. Sometimes it sneaks up on us. But more often than not—especially in this busy world—we have to be deliberate about looking for it and experiencing it. For me, there are three specific examples of mystery that contribute to the nourishment of my soul.