Of all the terms that we might employ in a theological debate the term supernatural is one that I have the most problem with.
I get that the word itself has a number of definitions. I don't get why only one seems to apply.
Specifically the following definition: outside the natural order.
For me using this particular definition in a theological context begins with the problem of deliberately limiting what we tend to think of as unlimited. It would suggest that we can know all of God that there is to know and all that we know is best defined as "natural."
Personally speaking I tend to use the term supernatural sparingly and tend to ascribe it to the realm of God which I have no knowledge of. For example, I believe in the doctrine of predestination and according to that doctrine God has elected individuals to salvation. The manner by which God choose to elect some and pass over others is, in my use of the term, supernatural. By which I mean it appears to be natural for God to do that electing although the process of that electing is not something to which I am privy or can make inquiry to.
It is a realm of God which I trust exists even though I have no way of knowing how it operates.
In that way I tend to think that supernatural is to God as superstructure is to a building. It is a part of the whole (therefore not outside or beyond) and yet it is a different part of the whole.
The superstructure of any building is, by definition, the part of a building or construction above that buildings basement or foundation.
What I particularly like about this definition and its comparison to supernatural (particularly when referencing God) is that the superstructure doesn't necessarily need to be complete to belong to the building.
Likewise the supernatural (things we know incompletely about God) still have their place even though it might not be complete. In this I see supernatural as being akin to mystery. It notes that something exists although we may not be able to discern precisely what that something is.
I dislike the way the word supernatural gets tossed around so freely. If I am honest about it though, often what people are labelling as supernatural is something that they believe is completely natural though different than what we tend to think of as natural.
I would be interested in hearing your respectful thoughts on the matter.
Grace and peace to you.