"As you do not know the path of the wind, or how the body is formed in a mother's womb, so you cannot understand the work of God, the Maker of all things." Ecclesiastes 11:5, NIV
It hasn’t been long since I used this verse and the ones I will use in the next couple of Mustard Seed Thoughts. News headlines and events close to home have prompted me to go back to them. I am thankful to God that His Word is a “light unto my feet and a light unto my path”.
Have you ever had something in your life that you just couldn’t figure out? I know I have. There have been some situations which have occurred to me personally that left me asking God “why”. I have witnessed friends and loved ones go through trials that seemed at the time beyond God’s repair (they really weren’t), and I kept wondering how God could possibly “work all things for good”.
Then I remember this verse. I remember how the tornado that devastated our town several years ago escaped every weather man’s predictions. No one knew it was coming. There was no warning.
I think about when my first son was born. I saw the miracle of God clearly unfold before my eyes. How could this perfect child have grown so lovely within his mother’s womb. I don’t know whose idea it was to start letting fathers into the birthing room, but I’m glad they did. As I “cut the chord”, I couldn’t fight back the tears. This miracle would be mine to love to hold, and to raise. God had given me an amazing gift, and I couldn’t understand it all. (I still can’t.)
That’s the way it is with certain situations in life as well. How do we explain them? We can’t. How can we understand them? We can’t. What we can know is that there is a God who understands; a God who cares, and a God we can trust.
Our mission as Christians is not to understand all God’s ways, because we will not be able to. Our mission is to trust the God whose ways are so much higher than ours. That is my goal in life.
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