I stumbled onto this quote as I was organizing my computer this evening. It’s taken from a book I read a few years ago in college, and the truth in it thrilled and encouraged me again this evening. Enjoy!
“One may not be able to understand [the circumstances and trials of life], and often the cry wrung from the heart is the plaintive ‘Why?’ which finds no answer. But faith can trust where it cannot comprehend, and rest in the will of One too good to be unkind and too wise to make a mistake.
As has wisely been said, ‘You see, even Jesus did not say, “I have explained the world.” What he did say was, “I have overcome the world.”‘
And if we can only trust where we cannot see, walking in the light we have — which is often very much like hanging on in the dark — if we do faithfully that which we see to be the will of God in the circumstances which evil thrusts upon us, we can rest our minds in the assurance that circumstances which God allows, reacted to in faith and trust and courage, can never defeat purposes which God ultimately wills.
So doing, we shall wrest from life something big and splendid. We shall find peace in our own hearts. We shall be able to serve our fellows with courage and joy. And then one day — for this has been promised us — we shall look up into His face and understand. Now we see in a mirror, darkly, but then face to face. Frankly, hard though it be to say so, it is a lack of faith not to be able to bear the thought of anything which God allows.”
-W.T. Purkiser, Exploring Our Christian Faith