Frank S. Mead tells a parable to illustrate how nature reveals the trustworthiness of God.
Nasr-ed-Din Hodja, in the heat of the day, sat under a walnut tree looking at his pumpkin vines. He said to himself, “How foolish God is! Here He puts a great heavy pumpkin on a tiny vine without strength to do anything but lie on the ground. And He puts a tiny walnut on a tree whose branches could hold the weight of a man. If I were God, I could do a better job than that!”
Just then a breeze dislocated a walnut from the tree, and it fell on the head of skeptical Nasr-ed-Din Hodja, who rubbed his head, a sadder and wiser man. “Suppose,” he mused, “there had been a pumpkin up there instead of a walnut. Never again will I try to plan the world for God, but I shall thank God that He has done so well.”
“Remember the former things, those of long ago; I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like me. I make known the end from the beginning, from ancient times, what is still to come. I say, ‘My purpose will stand, and I will do all that I please.’”
– Isaiah 46:9-10
We won’t always understand why God does things the way He does, but we can trust that He has a purpose and a plan for our lives. The same God who sees through time and has a bird’s eye view over all of creation loves you and cares for you deeply.
Jesus, Master and Friend, help me to trust You more and more each day. Amen.