Reverence, Curiosity, and Magellan

I just started reading the Message version of the Bible for the first time.  I know I’m a bit behind the times, but I’ve been very committed to reading “”“real””” (please note the sarcastic super-quotes) interpretations of scripture and am just now seeing the value in Eugene Peterson’s approach.

I was reading Luke 8 where Jesus casts the demons into the pigs and came across the phrase “It was a holy moment, and for a short time they were more reverent than curious.”

I thought this was a really interesting statement and it got me thinking that curiosity sometimes goes right along with reverence.

Reverence is a deep feeling of respect/veneration/awe.   I think that some of that includes a deep curiosity and sense of mystery.  I can hardly understand a fraction of who God is and why God acts in certain ways and this contributes to my respect of the Lord.

I have always thought it would be amazing to live at the time of the great explorers like Magellan, Lewis & Clark, and Columbus.  The unknown was physically right in front of them and they thrived on the mystery and danger associated with being trailblazers.  While that would be cool, one thing for me to remember is that the mystery of the Lord of Israel is so much deeper and richer than anything I could imagine.

So my prayer right now is that I would begin to embrace the mystery of God and would express reverence rather than frustration when I encounter His mystery.