Charles Dickens was one of the Victorian most celebrated writers. Unfortunately, Dickens passed on before writing the last instalment of his last work; The Mystery of Edwin Drood. Over the years, the Mystery of Edwin Drood has remained a conundrum. It has been a poser as no one knows how the book was supposed to end. No one knew the plot except Dickens himself, and, regrettably, he died before he could complete it.
Speculation over who could finish the tangled web of the great author began the year he died and persisted for a long time. In fact, it reached a point whereby one guy alleged to have gotten the ending plot from the dead spirit of Dickens. He claimed to be a medium.
In another attempt, Charles Dickens Fellowship tried to solve the mystery by bringing John Jasper, one of the characters in the book, to trial. GK Chesterton was the judge and George Bernard Shaw, the foreman of the jury. By doing this, they had solved the question of who killed the main character.
Another exciting story is that one of Louis Le Prince. The man who is regarded as the ‘Father of Cinematography’ disappeared in 1890 never to be found again. Apparently, Le Prince had been seen boarding a train to visit his brother, but he was never seen alighting. He just vanished into thin air. His luggage vamoosed too. It is quite surprising that such a renowned inventor could go missing without a shred of a trace. Investigations were mounted by famous sleuths’ organizations such as the Scotland Yard and yielded nada. Several theories would be floated in an apparent endeavour to explain the mysterious disappearance. None of the theories sufficed.
Back at home, we have heard stories of people who disappear strangely, and a good number are found. In the hullaballoo that ensues, sorcerers, wizards and other mediums try to make a kill giving false assurances to the relatives of the lost. It is a pity, but that is what happens.
Our knowledge is limited
The above accounts point to our limitations as humans. No one can tell what was in Dickens’ mind as he wrote his last book. No one can know how he wanted to finish it.
It is one and half-century after Le Prince evaporated. No one has been able to elucidate what transpired.
It is dispiriting that we are limited in our knowledge. Have you ever tried to know what could be in another person’s mind? Or rather have you ever made judgements on someone only to find later you were dead wrong? This happens most of the time. We sometimes assume to know everything when we truly know very little. We occasionally believe we know what someone else is thinking or up to when we are really off beam.
The inadequacy we have has led us to narrow perceptions and warped conclusions. We do not know what happens in an individual’s prayer closets and so we need to drop this mindset of Job’s friends: instead of being friends, they became fiends. Their thought process was borne out of wrong theology.
The All-Knowing God
The above reckonings mean that mysteries will perpetually flutter around humanity. Ironically and refreshingly this reality homes in the concept of the All-Knowing God.
The Book of Psalm 139:1-16 declares in the stanza and sound the Omniscience of God. He is the only one who knows everything – the seen and the unseen, the temporary and the permanent, the countable and the countless.
We are only finite and contingent, but our God is infinite and Necessary. He comprehends all things – the past, present and future. And that is why we have to put our faith in Him alone. He has nothing to discover, invent, learn, or surprise Him.
He knows the end from the beginning for He is the Alpha and Omega. He even knows what we would have done if conditions were different (Matthew 11:21).
Friends, trusting a God who is omniscient is the noblest thing to do. Sitting at His feet, to learn from Him is the coolest thing to do. Placing our hopes and yearnings before His feet is the wisest thing to do.
May He help us as we learn from Him.
Scriptures for further studies
- “Who can fathom the Spirit of the LORD, or instruct the LORD as his counsellor? Whom did the LORD consult to enlighten him, and who taught him the right way? Who was it that taught him knowledge, or showed him the path of understanding?” (Isaiah 40:13-14).
- “Can anyone teach knowledge to God, since he judges even the highest?” (Job 21:22).
- “He determines the number of the stars and calls them each by name. Great is our Lord and mighty in power; his understanding has no limit” (Psalm 147:4-5).
- “Do you know how the clouds hang poised, those wonders of him who has perfect knowledge?” (Job 37:16).
- “Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable his judgments, and his paths beyond tracing out!” (Romans 11:33).
- “Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account” (Hebrews 4:13).
- “Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from the will of your Father. And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered” (Matthew 10:29-30).