Last post of the year. It is just a post and it is just a day... right?
For the record, this was a really good year for jayopsis.com and winning edges youtube. I also had a fun time doing a podcast for the very first time and enjoyed it... though it was exhaustive to do during a tough football season.
For the record, this blog had over 30,000 page views in 2022. This has pushed the all time views to 434,577. My favorite analytics reports is to see all of the countries listed by visitors this year.
The top post in 2022 was the tribute to Aaron Martens, who we lost in Nov. 2021 but I didn't get to post it until until Feb 2022 after attending a beautiful and memorable life celebration event.
So 2022 is a wrap. It was a TOUGH year in a lot of ways and I went into Christmas break pretty beat up and down. The Lord was gracious to take the time to give me some perspective and healing and I will begin 2023 in a good frame of mind.
So let's play a little mind exercise on this last day of 2022.
What happens when you hear a story that doesn't quite add up?
Example: Let's say you hear that someone you know died tragically in a car wreck and just a day later you get news that your friend died of a heart attack?
Immediately in your mind, you want to reconcile to discrepancy of the two accounts.
This one is resolved easily when you realize that it was a heart attack that caused the wreck.
But what makes us wrestle with the contradiction?
Within the laws of logic, this is referred to as the Law of Non-Contradiction and has a long history of analysis and debate inside philosophy.
These realities, just beyond the reach of 'science' should help us open to the existence of God and curious to the genesis of these realities... love, law, logic, liberty, language are harder to explain without a higher being in my opinion, but it looks like there are fewer humans in our midst who are vulnerable to those thoughts.
It gets concerning. As we fall under the seduction of science, technology, and mass communication distractions, we get pretty skeptical of mystery and have almost no self-suspicion. Pride insulates us from discovery.
But God is a God of secrecy and mystery. His very nature demands it. Indeed the concept of "God" requires transcendence. If you can explain everything about God... then it is just a god in your own image.
Consider the Bible:“The secret things belong to the LORD our God, but the things that are revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may do all the words of this law. (Deuteronomy 29:29 ESV)
“‘Keep on hearing, but do not understand;
keep on seeing, but do not perceive.’
 Make the heart of this people dull,
and their ears heavy,
and blind their eyes;
lest they see with their eyes,
and hear with their ears,
and understand with their hearts,
and turn and be healed.” (Isaiah 6:9–10 ESV)
“‘“You will indeed hear but never understand,
and you will indeed see but never perceive.” (Matthew 13:10–14 ESV)