The other day a mosquito landed on me. I thought, ugh, I can’t believe they are out already! And then the thought occurred to me, ‘why would God ever create mosquitos? They are such pests!’
And then I chuckled because I had a hazelnut moment (Julian of Norwich – but not so profound).
I thought about all the questions that I had for God…..Why is there suffering? Why did this happen? Why did this person hurt me? Why did this person have to die? and on and on and on.
I realized that if I couldn’t even figure out why God created mosquitos, then how could I ever comprehend and answer these theological questions!
I thought about God’s response to Job, which was basically, ‘until you can create a sunrise, mountain, ocean, etc. then how can you possible understand why I do things.’
“My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,” says the LORD. “And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine,” Isaiah: 55:8
So for now, I am at peace with the faith that tells me that I will never comprehend God’s ways (at least in this world), but of one thing I am certain, and that is God’s love for me (us) is total and unconditional. Another concept that defies understanding. And I live believing that there is a reason for mosquitos.
perfect analogy! one I really needed today!