A friend of mine once suggested, as I was lamenting about all the things I didn’t understand, that I go back to what I know. In other words, what is it that you are sure of? What is it you do understand? All of us can potentially get lost in the myriad of things we don’t know.
Why does a child get cancer? How come I have so much pain? Why does a marriage have to end? What am I supposed to do with my life? Why did I lose my job? How did they get so lucky? Where is the justice? Why did this have to happen to me? How come they had to die?
These are only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to things we don’t know and understand. A thousand more deep and serious questions could be asked as well as about a million less dramatic ones like…. Why am I going bald? How is it that bumble bees can fly? Where did I leave my keys?
Oftentimes I find myself getting discouraged and downright depressed simply because I’m so focused on all the stuff I don’t have the answers to. Have you ever felt like this? If so, my friend’s advice would do us both good. There is much we do know that can easily be forgotten, so let’s remind ourselves a bit.
All of creation cries out in evidence of a Creator. Intelligent design is the only possible explanation. There is a God. Examine all historic records and “holy” writings and the Bible is the only one that has proven to be completely accurate as proven by prophecy, archaeology and science.
The God of the bible is therefore the one true God and everything described therein is true. A laundry list of unique personal experiences not only confirms this but brings a fuller understanding to bear. We are to love God and seek an ever-deeper relationship with Him. And we are to love others as ourselves.
We are temporal and eternal, physical and spiritual. Eternal life in the heavenly realm is available as a free gift through Jesus Christ and what He did on the cross. We breathe because we live. When we cease to breathe, as Christians we will be present with the Lord which is a far better state indeed.
I can see, hear, taste, smell and feel all of which are extremely special gifts. My children are blessings like jewels on a crown. The emotions of love and hate and everything in between are at my disposal. We are ultimately provided for, one way or another, like the birds in the air and the grass in the fields.
God is God, and I am not. For every one thing I don’t understand, there’s at least a dozen more that I do. For every source of pain and sorrow, there’s an even greater source of comfort and joy—not the least of which is the Holy Spirit who lives inside. These are just a few of the things I know. How ‘bout you?