The God Beyond All Knowing
Embrace the Mystery of Providence
God’s ways are not our ways, and they are beyond all capability of knowing. The only way that we know God is by what He is not and by His own revelation of Himself. This goes for Who God is and the actions He takes. Unfortunately, many of us, especially us religious, pretend that we know God’s ways and plans instead of sitting within the mystery.
We do this on the macro scale, such as with the countless theories of why we are afflicted with the Covid-19 pandemic, but truly, none of us know. This is why the Extraordinary Urbi et Orbi was so powerful, it did not preach the reasonings, but instead turned toward God and cried out Parce Domine, Spare O Lord! The Pope was comfortable sitting in the mystery of God’s plan and crying out for help, even without knowing why the trials are coming.
What is potentially more dangerous is when we do this on the micro-level, within our own lives and communities. We pretend to know providence instead of just walking with God and taking each step. Not doing this is harmful to the love of self and neighbor, as we forget that God works with everyone individually, and where they are. God is patient with us, and we should be patient with ourselves and others. We are not the judges, only God is. It is not our places to determine where people should be or how they should act, instead, we must love them and overlook their faults, “taking… this sinful world as it is, not as [we] would have it” (Serenity Prayer).
This also goes for ourselves. We often have such high or low esteem, instead, we must take ourselves as we are too, just as we are to take others. Remember that the law is to love others as we love ourselves, so we must first love ourselves before we can love others. God is working within each of us according to His own time, not ours. Just be patient and take each moment, and work with the grace and life God gives you now, not as you wish it was.
God has a plan for creation, from the largest scale of all of history, down to your individual life. Do not fret about everything so much. Trust in God, take up the mantle of hope, and trust that growth is made in small stages, not large events.