Two years ago today my Dad went to be with Jesus. I often think about the fact that he understands things now in an entirely new way. Things that didn’t make sense here. Things that were difficult or challenging or unexplainable.
When I’m going through my own difficult and challenging and unexplainable things, I’m reminded that Dad knows that they have a purpose. I’ve always known God knows they have a purpose, but thinking about the fact that those who have gone ahead know it now too is reassuring.
I found the words to a song called “Some Time We’ll Understand” in an old hymnbook. It’s a hymnbook I found on my Dad’s office shelf. And I like to think that today, Dad is cheering me on. I can almost hear him saying, “Sharon, sometime you’ll understand.” And that gives me hope.
And so for now, I’ll keep trusting. And believing. And looking forward to the day when I understand as well.
Not now, but in the coming years,
It may be in a better land,
We’ll read the meaning of our tears,
And there, sometime, we’ll understand.
We’ll catch the broken thread again,
And finish what we here began;
Heav’n will the mysteries explain,
And then, ah, then, we’ll understand.
We’ll know why clouds instead of sun
Were over many a cherished plan;
Why song has ceased when scarce begun;
‘Tis there, some time, we’ll understand.
God knows the way, He holds the key,
He guides us with unerring hand;
Some time with tearless eye we’ll see;
Yes, there, up there, we’ll understand.
Then trust in God thro’ all the days;
Fear not, for He doth hold thy hand;
Though dark thy way, still sing and praise,
Some time, some time, we’ll understand.
Maxwell Cornelius, 1891
Written for the funeral of his wife
For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall know just as I also am known. 1 Corinthians 13:12
For we walk by faith, not by sight. 2 Corinthians 5:7
For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us. Romans 8:18