26 April 2018
They say that “time heals everything.” And that just means that when we’re right in the middle of something (especially something difficult), we can’t always see what’s going on. We have to wait in order to understand; maybe months, maybe years. But we have to wait before we can see clearly.
It’s like of like the birds. You know, the birds get to fly high above the ground. And the higher up they fly, the bigger picture they get of what’s all happening on earth. Of course, we can’t fly (except in an airplane), but we can get a bigger picture by letting time go by. And a lot of the time, that’s how it is with God.
God tends to move very slowly. Either that or we’re moving too fast. And so, it can take a while to see clearly what God is doing. And that’s what our readings remind us of today. St. Paul stood up in the synagogue and he reminded the people of their history. He made the people look backwards in order to see how God had been working. And then Jesus spoke with his disciples, but he made them look forward. And then when those things happened in the future, the disciples would remember to look backward to what Jesus said, so they would understand what God was doing.
When we’re right in the middle of something, we can’t always see what’s going on. And so we have to wait. We have to wait, and then someday we can say, “Oh, that’s what God was doing! Now I see. Now it makes sense to me.” But that takes time.
And so we ask God for patience, for hope, and especially for trust that he is God, and in the end, everything will turn out just the way it was supposed to.