This post is written to link with Five Minute Friday: write for five minutes on a one-word prompt. The prompt today is “perspective.”
Can I just be honest and say that, from my perspective, none of this makes sense?
I’ve heard so many opinions and theories over the last few weeks about God’s purpose in all of this and why he has allowed it or caused it.
And, undoubtedly, he is working good in the midst of it, but I’m not sure…
Many people’s conclusions seem to be that God is stopping activity and stripping away the distractions so that we can focus on him, and removing our sense of control to help us recognise our dependence on him.
And, to a point, I agree – these probably are some of the benefits of our current situation.
But from my perspective it doesn’t completely add up.
In January, I launched a new ministry in my church. Throughout December and January, I prayed about it so much, and I was absolutely aware of my complete dependence on God. Then we got going and I saw God move in ways far beyond my expectations, in ways that were so obviously of him and not down to anything I did. I commented at the time that I felt I was just standing there and watching God work.
The momentum was gathering, and then… STOP!
From my perspective it makes no sense at all. Why would God start something so good and then allow this to happen?
And that’s only referring to one specific impact of this virus. I’m sure each of us could name several different circumstances, personal or more general, where we don’t understand why.
All I can hold to just now is that somehow, from God’s perspective, it does make sense. He is still here and he is still working. He still has a good plan.
I think our desire to understand is understandable! But maybe sometimes we’re being too quick with the explanations.
Maybe we need to just live in the mystery and learn to trust without understanding.
Maybe one day it will all become clear.
“My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,” says the Lord, “and my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine.” (Isaiah 55:8 NLT)