When I was a kid, my mom told me that a little boy was screaming and crying in the doctor’s waiting room because his mom would not let him have a piece of gum. She said the mom was immovable, and the boy was inconsolable. He kept saying to his mom, “But why? There must be a weason!”
I like to find reasons for most human behavior, and I think whether or not we are aware of them, reasons usually exist. I have no doubt that the mom in the doctor’s office back in 1960 had her reasons for withholding gum (that’s not a crime anywhere is it? I can hear the Juvenile Court judge now–“What’s the charge?” ” Your Honor this mom has been found guilty of withholding gum for no apparent reason.” “I see…, and this falls under…?” “Emotional abuse your Honor”).
Apparent, like the word apparition comes from the Latin to appear; its synonymous with clear, clear-cut, distinct, evident, manifest, obvious, patent, plain. And there’s the rub for those of us trying to live by faith in a loving God. Often the weasons are not apparent, and in fact the withholding of something good (a spouse, a job, a baby) can seem to be a case of unnecessary meanness. Belief in a loving God however often requires us to overlook the circumstantial, and wait for the big picture. And for my money, the big picture is always good.
Listen to Ken Medema–he sings it much better than I can write it.