Monday, September 17, 2012

Leaving us Wondering




I will wait till the last possible minute to take Honeybun this morning to Dr. Love for her dew claws to be whacked off. He told me she needs to be there between 8 and 9 a.m., and I can pick her back up between 4 and 6 p.m. So I will drop her as close to 9 as I can, and retrieve her right at 4. I feel very sad that I have to leave her in that strange scary place, feeling abandoned. But, we have no choice. The dew claw growth looks swollen and painful. It must come off.

Sometimes we have to endure bad things to get to the good things. I wish I could explain it to her. God probably has a similar dilemma. We humans often must go through some pretty inexplicable yuck before we can lollygag in blissful eternity. Just like Honeybun may be blaming me, and wondering why I have left her in such misery as she waits for her operation..., without her breakfast. I think we sometimes do the same. We accuse God of abandoning us, of treating us callously, even cruelly. And we don't, perhaps even can't, understand His Purpose for it. It will only be much later, when we are healed, and whole, with the perspective of Heaven that we will understand. How hard it must be for God to leave us wondering till then.

Job 28:23-28 (NIV)
God understands the way to it and he alone knows where it dwells, [24] for he views the ends of the earth and sees everything under the heavens. [25] When he established the force of the wind and measured out the waters, [26] when he made a decree for the rain and a path for the thunderstorm, [27] then he looked at wisdom and appraised it; he confirmed it and tested it. [28] And he said to the human race, “The fear of the Lord---that is wisdom, and to shun evil is understanding.”

Deuteronomy 29:3-6 (NIV)
With your own eyes you saw those great trials, those signs and great wonders. [4] But to this day the Lord has not given you a mind that understands or eyes that see or ears that hear. [5] Yet the Lord says, “During the forty years that I led you through the wilderness, your clothes did not wear out, nor did the sandals on your feet. [6] You ate no bread and drank no wine or other fermented drink. I did this so that you might know that I am the Lord your God.”


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