There are lots of tangible things to be afraid of. Spiders, for one. Heights. Germs. Those jumpy, scary movies. But you know what is the most terrifying thing? The unknown and unexplainable.
Like when I was in high school in the DC area, and and a sniper started gunning down people of all ages and backgrounds doing everyday things – such as leaving school or pumping gas. My school was in lockdown mode for weeks. I was afraid to leave my house. What scared me the most was that the police didn’t have a clue as to who was doing it, or where he would strike next, or why it was even happening. Eventually he was caught, but it was such a scary few weeks.
And then about five years ago I was diagnosed with infertility, before I got pregnant with my oldest. I was otherwise perfectly healthy, so I didn’t have an explanation for it. Also there was the potential that I could never have kids and I would never know why. I still don’t know why I had trouble, but I’m so grateful to have two littles now.
Sometimes we expect God to provide all the answers, even though he never promises those. And then I feel like if I don’t have answers, it means that maybe God is testing me or holding out on me. Why would the God who knows everything make me step into the unknown? Shouldn’t I be able to rest secure?
A recent women’s lesson sparked this thought in my heart: God is absolutely glorious in the unexplainable. We were talking about how God shows himself in creation, and looking at all kinds of photographs of natural wonders. (Here are some examples that are just amazing.) Two connecting scriptures are Romans 1:20, and Psalm 19:1.
Some of the most awe-inspiring things in this world are unexplainable, or even simply unbelievable. We don’t have all the answers for the universe, the visible and the invisible. So when we find something we can’t explain, it makes it even more incredible.
The things that we go through, the challenges we face, are not necessarily beautiful. But beautiful things happen in the middle of them. Our character is exposed and refined. Little things keep us going when we think we can’t take anymore. And when we get to the end of it all, we experience strength like we never thought we could have.
I don’t know the reason why those things happened. I can’t blindly claim that they were all for the best. But I know those times worked on my heart, strengthened me, and brought me closer to God.
So where is God in the unexplainable? I believe he is right in the middle of it with us. He is working good even in the things we don’t understand, and navigating us through a fallen world to draw us closer to him.
How does God work miracles in the unexplainable in your life?