It is one of the deepest questions to rise out of the human soul. In perpetuity, we long to know why.
Understanding the “why” fills in the gaps needed to direct the what, how, when, and where’s of our lives. Essentially, in knowing “why” we make meaning. Victor Frankl, a psychiatrist who survived the horrors of Auschwitz, captured our journey well in his book titled, “Man’s Search for Meaning.” The follower of Jesus, however, makes meaning differently than Frankl suggests.
Meaning-making, for the disciple of Jesus, is a surrender to the mind of Christ. We do not mindlessly pray, “Thy kingdom come, thy will be done.” Our entire existence is anchored in the mind, thoughts, will, and decisions of God and thus, we release all meaning-making to our King. God, the Everlasting and All-knowing One declares:
For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord.
9 For as the heavens are higher than the earth,
so are my ways higher than your ways
and my thoughts than your thoughts.Isaiah 55:8-10
When we are tempted to demand an answer to our “Why” questions, may we remember it is our opportunity to rest in His knowledge. What God knows is sufficient, foundational, stabilizing, strengthening, and directive for each follower of His Son.
Today, I chose to not ask why, but to trust the One Who Knows.