Sir Winston Churchill was seldom at a loss for words. As a distinguished statesman and a master of the English language, he was never at a loss for words—except when it came to an explanation of the actions of Russia. Neither the French nor the Americans baffled him. Not even Nazi Germany left him bewildered. But Russia’s unpredictable and illogical actions left him scratching his head. On one occasion as he found himself again confounded by the Soviets’ surprising decision, he exclaimed in frustration, “It is a riddle, wrapped up in a mystery, inside an enigma.” That’s about as complicated as something can get! But the fact is there are many mysteries in life. Think of the sea. Who can understand how the tides are controlled by the moon, or why its enormous content of salt, or the incredible currents that form those amazing yet mysterious paths from continent to continent? Or what of the immeasurable space above? Who can unravel the mysterious movement of the perfectly synchronized planets and stars displaying the most accurate timepiece in existence? Even a hurried look through a telescope fills with wonder. On the other hand, when is the last time you peered through a microscope? Talk about a riddle wrapped up in a mystery! Although invisible to the naked eye, there is a world of unseen action going on around and inside us that boggles the mind. And it’s so unbelievably tiny. And while we’re considering the microscopic world, we can’t overlook just how tiny each individual cell really is. Do you realize that if subatomic electrons increased to the size of an apple and a human being grew larger in the same proportion, that a person could hold the entire solar system in the palm of his hand? Moreover, he would need a magnifying glass to see it! The world is full of mysteries.
Here is a mystery: what does the future hold for Fairlane? Lance Bennet will soon arrive to begin working with the church. The answer to this question has more to do with you and me than it will with Lance. Lance will do all that he can to help, but it will be up to us to work together with him and the elders to make his work as successful as possible. “Those of us who are strong and able in the faith need to step in and lend a hand to those who falter, and not just do what is most convenient for us. Strength is for service, not status. Each one of us needs to look after the good of the people around us, asking ourselves, ‘How can I help?’” (Romans 15:1, 2 The Message).