From My Perspective…

This post is written to link with Five Minute Friday: write for five minutes on a one-word prompt.  The prompt today is “perspective.”

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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)

29 thoughts on “From My Perspective…

  1. I, like you, did not feel the need to share my perspective of what God is thinking and why he allowed the Corona Virus to happen. Two great men that I knew died this month (March). It is true, God’s thoughts are NOT our thoughts and our thoughts are NOT God’s thoughts. I believe God is pleased when His children choose to trust Him, no matter what is going on in the world.

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    1. Thanks, Terri! I’m sorry for the loss of those men. It is so hard to understand why these things happen, but I agree, God wants us to trust him.

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  2. Great post, thanks for your honesty. I don’t think it is even supposed to make sense. It just is. And God is with us in this hardship. God will get us through this and if we surrender all of it, he will use all of it for his glory too. Hang in there. God is good, all the time. Blesisngs upon blessings!

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  3. I loved this piece of writing! I enjoyed your candor and open stating that you don’t understand. Many times events only have meaning with hindsight. But, we are human and it is comforting to give a event meaning so we can relax into the reality. Its good to read your work again. I’ve been missing our association..

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  4. No, God, He did not do this,
    loose the virus on our days,
    giving us a Judas-kiss
    as we sing Him praise.
    All Creation’s tainted,
    all the world’s a mess,
    but He did not place the sainted
    under this duress
    to see if they would fold or stay,
    if their faith was a sham,
    for to do so would make play
    of the sacrifice of Holy Lamb
    who took the test in our place,
    and our grade received is grace.

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  5. So much doesn’t make sense. So many people and businesses have been affected in so many ways. I think God’s bringing good out of some of it (Romans 8:28) doesn’t always equate with the reason He allowed it. I try to think of it like my own children. I didn’t want to be the kind of mom who said, “Just because I said so.” But I learned that I couldn’t always explain things to a child. Sometimes they just didn’t have the maturity to understand, no matter how much I explained. Sometimes they didn’t like my explanation and had a “better idea” (times three of them). I have to trust what I know of God’s character, from His Word and from experience. He sees the big picture. I think John Piper said something like, whatever we see going on, God is doing 10,000 things behind the scenes.

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  6. “Now we see things imperfectly, like puzzling reflections in a mirror, but then we will see everything with perfect clarity. All that I know now is partial and incomplete, but then I will know everything completely, just as God now knows me completely.” (1 Cor. 13:12 NLT)

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  7. In great works of music, there are always rests, if it didn’t have those rests the piece wouldn’t make sense as a whole…it would be just noise.
    We can only but trust Him in the rests, knowing that the crescendo is coming in due time then the whole will make sense. 😉
    Bless you Lesley,
    Jennifer

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    1. Thanks, Jennifer! As a musician, I really appreciate that analogy. It’s so true that in an orchestra each part on its own doesn’t make much sense, but when you hear the whole piece you hear how it all fits together.

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  8. I definitely appreciate your perspective!!! I, myself, am guilty of saying such things, but then there have been instances where it’s been I don’t know why, but God does, and I trust his plans. As I was reading, I thought to myself, some things are not understandable because His thoughts and ways are greater… as I read a couple of more sentences I saw your verse!!!! Your FMF neighbor, #35

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    1. Thanks, Koko! I think we all desire to understand and so it’s natural that we try to come up with explanations, but sometimes we just have to admit that we don’t know and that God’s ways are not ours.

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    1. Thanks, Loretta! Yes, I think real trust comes when we don’t understand but still believe that God is in control and that his plan is good. Hope you stay safe too!

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  9. You have found the answer when things don’t make sense…He makes sense, not the issue, but Him. I have been in some confusion at the turn of events that have taken place lately. So much good tucked into the some bad, what to make of it. I keep thinking, there is a time for everything, good, bad, confusion, standing still, moving on, turning a corner, stopping just as one gets going such as your case. We have known several missionaries take years to learn a language and culture of a village group, almost ready to teach the Word, and wham, something takes them out of the work. A big fat why has to pop up in our mind for we are normal. There is a lot of answers that come to my mind when things happen to us like that, but none really answer. We must at all cost learn to trust Him, not our ministries, our abilities, our plans, anything that is ours. He never changes, everything else does. He becomes that refuge we sing about in those times, we lean harder on Him during those time, we let go in those times and cling to the rock that does not move. Great post.

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    1. Thanks, Betty! I love your wise words here. It’s true, so often the good and bad seem to be intertwined and we can’t work out what God is doing. The best thing we can do is learn to trust him and cling to him.

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