As you do not know the path of the wind, or how the body is formed in a mother’s womb, so you cannot understand the work of God, the Maker of all things.
My father asked me for my favorite Bible verse and had it made into a bookmark at his shop. I don’t know that I have a favorite verse, but this one seemed the most applicable for my present situation.
And then I got to thinking, maybe it’s applicable to our universal situation. The Bible is full of recounting God’s unfailing love for us, maybe things are so bad so we ‘Wake up, sleeper, rise from the dead, and Christ will give you light.’ Maybe he wants us to learn on our own, as his children, from these dark days, the error of our ways. He really is a Father in that way.
The verse says he disciplines those he loves, but the Bible says he loves everyone. (Except the wicked, woe to the wicked.) How do the wicked even exist if he created us? Or better yet, why? Maybe wicked people are out there to make us grateful for the good people. Everyone knows how they exist- they wanted to be God. That is a no, no. Punishable by fire and damnation.
Maybe they are here to give us a reason to turn to God. After all, we did Fall from the garden. This sure ain’t no paradise, this planet Earth, and anyone who argues otherwise is deluding themselves.
The way I see it, life on planet Earth is a schooling. We are here to learn. Every interaction, every job, every romance, every tragedy, you learn. We are water too, remember. Science even says so, 97% water, or something. And if you stay in one place too long, you know what? You stagnate. Just. like. water.
I have found the more you let go of the things you’re taught to worry about to be a “responsible adult”- the more you are free to flow like water through life. It is healthier not to worry about retirement, or what car you drive, or the view from your office… or any such aspect of life. Just, literally, go with the flow.
The Tao Te Ching says being like water is close to the Way.
The places men disdain, meaning, crappy jobs, humble homes, less than decent cars. The more you let go, the freer you become. And the more adventures you have. More lessons learned. The more people you meet. Just more everything.