Trust that ultimately God promises that everything will be OK. Remember God works on a very large canvas. God created this universe (perhaps along with many other universes) 13.7 billion years ago. Our sun will not die for another 5 million years. God has the big picture. We, on the other hand, are very local and immediate. Our canvas is days, weeks, months. We certainly do not see beyond a lifetime — or at least do not do so easily.

The good news is that there is nothing that can happen to us on earth that God will not ultimately make sure is OK. Often things get better after weeks, months, or years. And eventually we are a cancer survivor or a new relationship forms that is healing or we find more satisfying employment. But sometimes the OK moment comes with the release from this life and a passing into the loving cosmic embrace of God.

It is important to give God all the options. Sometimes we just have to trust that God knows best for us in hard situations.”

(From “Faith Rules: An Episcopal Manual” by Ian Markham and Samantha R. E. Gottlich; the image is Jack Whitten’s “Atopolis”, recently on view at the Baltimore Museum of Art)

For reflection in solitude or in the company of others: What feelings do the reminders in this passage about the scope of God’s vision and the scale of God’s action stir up in you? What do you imagine the part of God’s canvas that is your life looks like? Have you found God to be trustworthy?

Cathedral of the Incarnation