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    by Susan McGrath

"I Don't Understand"
Date Posted: March 20, 2004

Some things I will never understand. (Algebra has eluded me for over twenty years!) But I don't have to comprehend complex equations to get through life. Then there are the things I don't get but want to understand -- like who really killed JFK and how does one sock in a pair escape the dryer before I open the door?

Many things in the bible are also confusing, but some I want to decipher even though they many not be essential to my relationship with or understanding of the Lord. I want to know what the earth was like before the flood. Where did the dinosaurs go? I want to know how many Israelites (total) were led out of Egypt. How did the apostles view the female disciples like Mary Magdalene? Was Paul married at one time? Does the number of the beast have specific significance for us today?

I haven't found definitive answers to any of these questions yet, but I will keep studying these and many more. The search in itself may help to enhance my love for Jesus and increase my gratitude toward God for his grace.

I don't believe God meant for us to have all the answers. If so, He would have been more detailed and descriptive. We don't need to know what Jesus looked like or what manna tasted like. We only need to know that God took care of His people in the desert by providing food -- and He will take care of us! We can speculate what Jesus might have looked like, but the color of his skin is less important than the color of his blood, which He willingly shed for us.

I don't understand many things God has done, but I understand His love and my commission to share it. Take ten minutes to thank God for your understanding of His grace and ask for deeper understanding of His will in your life.

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Biography Information:
Susan McGrath is:

a recovering journalist trying to encourage others and glorify God through writing;

living the small-town life with husband Tim and sons Lincoln, 12, and Sawyer, 6;

completing a few put-off writing projects while using chocolate for therapy.
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