Sometimes a view is confusing. It appears as if something is happening which you know cannot be true. People in love are fighting, adversaries get along, and unanticipated, unimaginable things are coming together. I know what I see (saw), but it just cannot be true!
As I reflect on my experience I realize things have changed. In the younger days, when things were confusing, I simply ignored them and continued on, confident I knew where I was going. It didn’t matter what was in the future. Whatever was going on beyond my immediate comprehension wasn’t relevant in a way which influenced my next step. Others could do their thing. I was going to do mine. I was na?ve, frequently ignorant, and often unknowingly foolish.
With time I still behave in ways which are na?ve, ignorant, and foolish. Yet the difference rests in my knowledge of my shortsightedness. On reflection I can see, sometimes with others helping me, how things could have been done differently. Their input, advice, and wisdom are truly priceless. I find myself wrestling with the gaps between what I understand and what I see. For example: why do we simply just fight terror instead of addressing some of the reasons many people support it? Why isn’t the struggle to deal how people contribute to society high on our priorities? How do we hold others accountable to societal norms, values, and standards (assuming we have some)?
In the midst of this I don’t understand how God answers these questions. I know God loves you and me without conditions. I also know our intransigence irritates, grates, and is beyond God ability to stand by and do nothing. When one group of old resisted and ignored God, “God incited their adversaries against them, stirred up their enemies to attack: from the east, Arameans; from the west, Philistines. They made hash of Israel. But even after that, he was still angry, his fist still raised, ready to hit them again.” (Isaiah 9.11, 12) How does that work? The answer was and is – engage with God and ask.
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