February 12, 2020

God’s mysterious ways...


“God moves in a mysterious way
His wonders to perform;
He plants his footsteps in the sea,
And rides upon the storm.”

        William Cowper (1731-1800)
        British poet and hymn writer
        From his Hymn No. 35, “Light Shining Out of Darkness”
        These are the opening lyrics of the hymn, which was first published in Olney Hymns (1779). The first two lines are usually misquoted as “God moves in mysterious ways his wonders to perform” and often wrongly assumed to be a Bible quote.


“Insurance companies move in mysterious ways. Much like God...only far less generous.”
        The character Standish, played by actor Dan Duryea
        In the 1965 movie The Flight of the Phoenix


“The hippopotamus’s day
Is passed in sleep; at night he hunts;
God works in a mysterious way
The Church can feed and sleep at once.”

        T.S. Eliot (1888-1965)
        American-born British poet and playwright
        In his poem “The Hippopotamus” (1919)


“Life is mysterious to some, but God does not work in mysterious ways. The things which some consider as mysteries, others consider as revelations.”
        Zuriel Ann Murphy
        Nigerian-born UK inspirational author and speaker
        In her book The Spoken Word (2013)


“God doesn’t work in mysterious ways. He doesn’t give a shit. Everything doesn’t happen for a reason. Shit happens. Having faith doesn't make any difference. It’s just something to do while you go from point A to point B.”
        John Rachel
        American novelist and non-fiction book author
        The inner thoughts of a character in his novel The Man Who Loved Too Much, Book 1: Archipelago (2015)


“When people are in the middle of the darkest storm imaginable, the last thing they want to be told is that God is working everything together for good, and to trust in God's mysterious ways. It is not helpful. It is not comforting. It does not bring healing...The implication that God has predestined pain and suffering is unloving and can drive people away from the church. Making them a sandwich would be a better plan. Or cleaning their house. Or taking their children for an afternoon. Or just listening to them or sitting with them in silence.”
        Natalie Toon Patton
        American essayist, blogger and author
        In her essay “8 Sayings Christians Use to Let Ourselves off the Hook”
        Posted on the Sojo.net “faith in action” website, August 29, 2017

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