I Don’t Understand…But I Get It

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Today on my run I thought about the different types of understanding.  There are many things I don’t understand and most likely won’t understand this side of heaven.  Yet, it’s those same things that used to leave me asking “why” that today I find myself saying to the Lord,  “I don’t understand…but I get it.”  There’s a difference.

Understanding  something fully is head knowledge.   But, to “get something” despite not fully understanding it, is heart and soul knowledge.  It’s an assurance and a deep confidence that lives inside us despite not having it all figured out.

I love the peace that comes with this kind of knowledge. I love that despite the questions and despite the  uncertainties in our life, this peace holds onto us and carries us through.

I love that I can now look at the hardest seasons in my life and the biggest losses in my life and say with confidence,  Lord, I don’t understand…but I get it…and I praise you because of that.

It’s a knowing that only comes from Him. What an amazing gift.

As I thought about this today, some of the words from Matt Redman’s song, Blessed Be Your Name came to mind:

Blessed be Your name
On the road marked with suffering
Though there’s pain in the offering
Blessed be Your name

You give and take away
You give and take away
My heart will choose to say
Lord, blessed be Your name

Those words.  That’s not head knowledge.  That’s heart knowledge.

Lord,  expand our hearts today.  Let us see life from your perspective.  Let us see how our stories are so much more than just our stories. Let us see how you are weaving all of it into something beautiful.   

4 thoughts on “I Don’t Understand…But I Get It

  1. Bill (cycelguy)

    our stories are not just our stories. Our stories are meant to be shared with others (those which can be). That is especially true of those which come as a result of suffering or going through it. Well done Eileen.


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