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Yesterday I wrote a very nice post on the importance of keeping your word, but when I wanted to save it, the programme I normally use for my writing didn't want to respond. In the end I had to shut down my computer in order to use the programme again, with the result that I lost the post I had written.
This experience reminded me of a post I had read where the writer had the same problem. She had written an e-mail to the subscribers to her blog but when she wanted to choose the time to send it out, the programme froze. When it finally responded again she found that everything she had written had been deleted. She had to redo the whole thing, but God helped her do that. She couldn't remember everything she had in the original version, but one thing that wasn't included was some information on 'Fasting for your marriage', which she had now included. Her guess was that God perhaps allowed her to lose that first newsletter so she could include the information for one person who needed hope in his or her marriage.
We don't always understand why things happen.
I mean, I don't understand why the programme didn't want to respond and why I lost my post, but does it really matter?
In the light of all eternity, is it really a disaster that I lost my post?
Maybe we are not always meant to understand why things happen.
Maybe we simply have to trust the Lord that He knows why certain things happen and that He will help us through it.
Maybe we have to rest in His love for us, and allow Him to lead and guide us, not leaning on our own understanding.
Maybe that is our biggest problem - we always want to understand.
And when we do understand we often make the mistake of trying to take care of ourselves - or of the problem - ourselves.
In a teaching I listened to yesterday it was said that one of the reasons the Law was given was to help us realise we need God. It helps us see we can't do anything without Him.
Jesus said it Himself: "I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing" (John 15:5).
Apart from the Lord, we can do nothing.
Apart from the Lord we understand nothing.
And I think apart from the Lord, we really are nothing.
You might be going through something right now you don't understand. It is okay to ask the Lord to help you understand, but even after asking Him you still might not understand. Don't allow that to hinder you in your faith.
Just trust in the Lord and allow Him to take care of you.
He will help you and guide you.
...even when you don't understand!