There is so much I don’t understand about God and how he works.
Take for instance mosquitos. I don’t see the need. I really despise them. I tell people I’m “OFF!” for the rest of the world. If there is a group of people standing around and mosquitos show up, the group is safe with me there. They LOVE me – notice the capital letters.
And Chiggers. Really? My husband, Tom, and I went to bed the other night spotless, and awoke to multiple chigger bites.
Now I’m sure some entomologist could tell us all kinds of cool things about mosquitos and chiggers, but, I for one am looking forward to God’s explanation for these critters. For me, it’s a mystery. Why create something that allows so much itching for no good reason?
There are many other unexplainable God-sized mysteries. Like, when my daddy was diagnosed with a killer cancer at age 56 I fell on my face and cried out to God for his healing. Exhausted, I went to bed and awoke the next morning with the verse on my mind, “My grace is sufficient for thee.” Now, I don’t talk in “thees and thous” so I looked up the reference recognizing this was the prompting of my heavenly Father.
In the book of Corinthians, Paul had asked God three times to “remove a thorn from his flesh,” and God responded by saying, “No Paul. My grace is sufficient for thee, for in your weakness, I am strong.”
It seems pain is inevitable in this life whether it is chigger bites, “thorns in flesh” or death itself. And, in some situations, it creates a sense of mystery that doesn’t seem to fit what we want to believe about a loving God.
But I’ve learned when his ways are mysterious to me, I can still trust God whose “grace is sufficient for me.”