I have never really gotten these Rubik’s cube things. I have played with several over the years, but never got around to solving one. I always saw people moving them so fast, and they must know some trick, because I really had to plan ahead and make calculated moves, like it was chess and I couldn’t go back if I regretted a move I made. I went slow, trying to see the end of the game, when each side would only have one color.
This is the Lord. He is the best at solving Rubik’s Cubes.
Hindsight is 20/20, they say, and that is especially true with the Lord. Whether here or in heaven, we will be able to see the bigger purpose in every celebration, every trial and suffering endured, and each reason for every seeming inconvenience. God gives His people the perspective of the possibility of each interaction being a divine appointment, each hardship as an opportunity to lean on God and depend on Him more fully. Sometimes I can question the timing of God. All the time, actually, Why did I have to get sick that week, Lord? Why isn’t my husband here yet, Lord, pursuing me with intention? Why did that baby have to die? Couldn’t you have given that couple one more hour together? Can’t you come back now and solve the human trafficking horror and cure cancer?
One day a few years ago, I thought of this illustration – He is slowly, carefully, intentionally moving many pieces into their place to orchestrate His perfect plans and purposes. It could even look like we are being taken away abruptly or dramatically from where we thought our life was headed, or not moving at all, our surrounding looking the same day after day. It might not seem like He is moving at all! We look to history, in days past and in our own life, and we lean on His pattern of faithfulness. He is a good Father, working all things together for His glory and the good of those who love Him.
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord.
For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.”
– Isaiah 55:8-9