My husband and I have been spending a decent amount of time discussing the topic of predestination with our daughter. Apparently a debate was started a school that ended in sharp disagreement. My daughter, who’s 13, is trying to wrap her brain around things that I never would’ve even thought of at her age. She genuinely wants to understand. So far we haven’t been able to answer to her satisfaction.
After many long discussions, we told her to keep praying about it…and put the question to rest for awhile.
It reminds me of the many hard questions I’ve had for God and how I’ve had to do the same thing. Some things I just don’t “get.” I pray, I search Scripture, and then I have to give it a rest, trusting, believing, knowing my Father knows and does what is best. Some answers He will reveal to me in His best time and loving way…others will remain a mystery or only partially grasped.
And I’m good with that. Most days anyway.
I love this story Corrie Ten Boom tells in The Hiding Place:
“Father, what is sex sin?”
My father turned to look at me, as he always did when answering a question, but to my surprise he said nothing. At last he stood up, lifted his traveling case from the rack over our heads, and set it on the floor.
“Will you carry it off the train, Corrie?” he said. I stood up and tugged at it. It was crammed with the watches and spare parts he had purchased that morning.
“It’s too heavy,” I said.
“Yes,” he said. “And it would be a pretty poor father who would ask his little girl to carry such a load. It’s the same way, Corrie, with knowledge. Some knowledge is too heavy for children. When you are older and stronger you can bear it. For now you must trust me to carry it for you.”
And I was satisfied. More than satisfied — wonderfully at peace. There were answers to this and all my hard questions — but now I was content to leave them in my father’s keeping.
Oh yes. There are answers to all of my daughter’s hard questions, and the rest of ours too. But let’s stay content to leave them in our Father’s keeping until He sees fit to give us the answers we seek. We can trust Him to carry the load.
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