“God is God and I am not. I can only see a part of the picture He’s painting.”
Steven Curtis Chapman’s song captures a profound point we are quick to forget. The reason events in your life or in the world appear senseless is because we see only a tiny, tiny fraction of the story. And in our sinful pride, we speedily come to conclusions about what we’re seeing that reflect a selfish, myopic reading of it all.
But if we would just open our Bibles and thoughtfully read, we would discover a treasure trove of resources there to keep our faith and hope buoyant in senseless times. Consider…
“What might make no sense to us today is in fact so shot through with meaning that we would be struck speechless in worshipful awe if we knew all that God was doing” - Jon Bloom
So I plead with you, do not give in to cynicism. Not being able to make sense of the events unfolding in the world or your life is a common human experience. The Author of this story is crafting tales of wonder and we just need to trust him with all our hearts and lean not on our own understanding of things (Proverbs 3:5-6).