No, I Don’t Fully Comprehend

I have a problem in that I normally like to understand how things work. I like to know what happens next when I press a button or turn a switch. I also like to know why these things happen so that I at least have a basic understanding of what is taking place in the background. I’ve always been inquisitive in specific areas like electronics, the cosmos and science in general.

Human interaction (social sciences), not so much, because I figured I could basically wing it. Big mistake. Fortunately, God in His mercy responded to my call for help and filled in the missing areas that I needed assistance in. And as I’m sure you can well imagine, this particular area of understanding is far from being complete. It’s a work in progress where through faith, I am sanctified in Christ, while being made holy (Hebrews 10:14 NIV).

This morning as I was saying my prayers I thanked God for responding to a heart felt prayer for some relief to a foot spur that suddenly started causing pain about a month ago. When I sat down in a chair my foot was fine. When I got up later on, the pain was there. And it’s been really problematic. Even driving hurt because of the pressure on the heel. Walking any distance was out of the question and because we’re moving at the end of this month, I had some serious doubts on being able to do what I needed to do for the move.

Then just to make it interesting, I started to get a pain from my sciatic nerve, running down my left buttock and down my left leg. For a while there it was difficult to determine which one was more painful, my right foot or my left leg. It’s pretty hard to pack moving boxes when you can’t stand upright for any amount of time. Numerous prayers for relief or healing followed but no change. Prayers became a bit more intensive but still no change.

My normal crusty disposition started to get worse. I know, that can be hard to imagine but it did. The moving situation started to appear as critical because my wife also suffers from a crushed disc in her spin from a car accident many years ago, that makes it difficult for her to stand for any amount of time. Short story is that as of late, I am usually the one that does the physical requirements so as to avoid causing her any unnecessary pain.

Yesterday the pain in my foot was minimal and today it is gone. I feel like a kid at Christmas. In the interim, my wife and I have soldiered through and the vast majority of our packing is now complete. But, now that my foot pain is gone, and the sciatic nerve has diminished considerably, I’m actually thinking that my wife and I will survive another move.

So I’m thanking God, for His grace and mercy and for responding to my heart felt prayer for help and as I’m doing this, it strikes me, God, the creator of this universe, that we can’t even phantom because of it’s size, hears my prayer and meets my need, like He has so many times before, yet once again.

Have you ever watched one of those videos where it starts out on the earth and then advances out into the solar system and then into our galaxy and then out of our galaxy into the expanding universe where there are literally hundreds of billions of other galaxies and then it goes back again to our earth? And then there is little me, in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada, saying a prayer and being heard. And I’m not the only one praying to our Lord.

And, as of this particular point in time, the planet earth is the only planet that we know of, that supports carbon based life. And based on the ever expanding requirements for the “goldilocks region”, it is possible, that we may in fact, be the only planet that will support carbon based life within the whole universe. Sounds far fetched? Not so … click here.

And then, God our Heavenly Father sent His Son here, to this planet, where He walked among us as a man. Jesus told us that He was sent to show us of the Father (John 14:9-11 NIV). And after He had completed the work that His Father gave Him to do, before He ascended back to the Father, He told us that He would always be with us until the very end of the age (Matthew 28:18-20 NIV). That’s today when I’m thanking Him for answering my prayers, that’s today when He hears your prayers and mine.

How does one fully comprehend something like that? The fact that God who created this universe out of nothing, is good, not evil, but truly good. The fact that God is holy, unchangeable. That we are His creation and He loves us, so much so that He sent His Son to us, to give us the freedom to choose Him, to bring us back to Himself, through faith and trust in what Jesus accomplished for us on the cross.

And that He promises to put His spirit within us, to comfort us, to teach us, to guide us, so that we might experience the beauty and wonder of His presence and love, not because we have to but because we want to.

How is it possible to convey that adequately in words? I really don’t know how to do it. God is real. Jesus is His Son. Jesus rose from the dead and so shall we who believe.

Has God answered all of my prayers in the manner that I have asked for or expected? No He has not and in hindsight I can see the wisdom in why He has not in some cases. But make no mistake, I still have unanswered prayers.

I do know that I have a new appreciation for those who suffer from chronic pain.

1 Corinthians 13:12 NIVFor now we see only a reflection as in a mirror, then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.

Worthy is the Lamb! Blessings!


      1. We aren’t far behind you. My husband is 70, I am 66. Also, when we moved last year, I was very sick with influenza, and my husband had just gotten over it. And then, four months after we moved, I had to have surgery under general anesthesia. Before the year was over, I needed a second surgery.

        By the way, I don’t recommend having surgery soon after you move, or the flu while you are moving, if you can help it. But, we did it! And the Lord was with us all the way!


  1. Thank you for sharing this. Praise God He took away the pain; I’ just prayed that God sustain you and also your wife; you are moving you said right? Praying for that too, that’s going to be a lot of work!

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  2. I have learned that it’s better not to know too much. Have you ever learned something Bruce that you wish you were still ignorant of?
    I’ve come to believe that ignorance is bliss, except I consider ignorance as blind faith.
    Jesus loved me just as much in my ignorance as He loves me now. This I’m sure of.


  3. I recently had a similar experience. A few weeks ago I tripped and fell in the garage. My shoulder and back hurt for a while and I did not know what I would do if it came time for me to move into my new apartment. Then I got a letter saying the apartment was mine. Long story short, my back and shoulder healed up just in time for me to move my stuff. God is good and He is always right on time. Awesome post, brother. Thanks for sharing.

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