Never in my wildest imagination or darkest dreams could I have envisioned the confluence of turmoil and disaster we have endured this year. Confusion and controversy surround the sources of our travails, but one thing I think we can all agree upon is that these past months have been a time of testing.
Our patience, relationships, and faith are all being tested; perhaps our faith most of all.
Everyone has faith in something. Whether faith in our own endurance, the basic decency of our fellowman, the government, or God, everyone relies on something or someone and each of these faiths is being severely tested.
As Christians, we know where our faith belongs.
Do not put your trust in princes, in human beings, who cannot save.Psalm 146:3 (NIV)
I did this so you would trust not in human wisdom but in the power of God.1 Corinthians 2:5 (NLT)
However, being overwhelmed by events, it is tempting to question whether God is as trustworthy as Scriptures promise. Whenever these doubts creep in, I am reminded of a sermon illustration about the inscrutable nature of God’s plan.
The most beautiful tapestries involve the intricate weaving of many different threads to create their lovely design. Viewed from the front, when completed, the artist’s vision is plain for all to see, but when seen from the back, especially when its still unfinished, the tangle of threads only makes sense to its creator.