“What I am doing you do not understand now, but you will know after this” (John 13:7).
One day Jesus Christ was washing and cleaning the feet of His disciples. Seeing this, Peter was startled and asked Jesus, ‘Lord, are You washing my feet?’ In reply, Jesus said, “What I am doing you do not understand now, but you will know after this.” In our life also, many times we cry out saying, “Why does this happen to me? Why should this difficulty reach me? For no reason, why should I face such a loss? ”
When Lazarus was sick, his sisters sent word to Jesus. They began to lament “Why did Jesus not come immediately? Why did he not heal him?” Even after coming, Jesus sat and wept with them.
But the Name of God was glorified when on the fourth day Lazarus was raised from the dead. What was the faith of the Jews? There thinking was that the spirit of a dead person will be roaming around on the earth for three days after his death and that the dead person could never be raised from death after these three days. But Jesus raised him after four days and thus it became a big miracle. Many people placed their faith on Jesus.
One day a mother prepared fish gravy at home on a Sunday morning and after finishing the cooking went to the Church to attend service. After the service, they returned home in the afternoon with hunger. To their horror, they found the vessel with fish gravy being fallen on the ground and the entire gravy being spilt on the floor. A cat had pulled the mud vessel down in their absence and had wasted everything.
The woman was perturbed. She cried saying “Why God, after all we had gone to the church and why this thing happened?” After some time when she cleaned the place and took the broken mud vessel outside to dispose of, she found a dead lizard in it. Oh, how disastrous it would have been if they had eaten that poisonous fish gravy! Vomit, stomach disorder and even death would have been the outcome.
During many occasions, without knowing the reason, we may cite God as the cause. But all things work together for good to those who love God. The Biblical scholars say that Joseph was in prison for around thirteen years. The sufferings he underwent were not a few. They hurt his feet with fetters and he was laid in irons.
Joseph might have lamented saying why should theses sufferings happen to him when he had stood steadfastly for holiness. But actually, this became the reason for God to elevate him as the number two leader for the whole of Egypt. Many questions may arise in our heart. But when we enter the eternity we will understand how wisely God has led us foreseeing everything and we will thank Him.
To meditate: “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways my ways” (Isaiah 55:8).