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verb | un·der·stand \ˌ| ən-dər-ˈstand\
UNDERSTAND', verb transitive preterit tense and participle passive understood. [under and stand. The sense is to support or hold in the mind.]
1. To have just and adequate ideas of; to comprehend; to know; as, to understand a problem in Euclid; to understand a proposition or a declaration.
2. To have the same ideas as the person who speaks, or the ideas which a person intends to communicate. I understood the preacher; the court perfectly understand the advocate or his argument.
: to know the meaning of (something, such as the words that someone is saying or a language)
: to know how (something) works or happens
: to know how (someone) thinks, feels, or behaves
The second part to trust, or really the prequel to it – understanding.
If you know me, or knew me in high school, middle school or circa those years…I was that know it all.
Now wait. Don’t right me off.
I’m still that way.
But still don’t write me off.
I love giving my opinion and telling you things and all kinds of stuff, but the fact of the matter is…
I don’t know everything.
Yes. Boom. I said it. Be happy younger versions of my friends.
All humor aside though, I came to a point when I was a teenager when I realized that I didn’t know everything. But that God did. So then why try?
Why get hung up on things I don’t understand and frankly may not ever? Because there are a lot of things I don’t.
Romans 11:34 says, ““For who has known the mind of the Lord, or who has been his counselor?”
And God Himself in Isaiah (I always wonder if people will look at me when this book is mentioned), “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.”
So here we have it, we can’t know the mind of God, which fully understands and gets everything because he made it. And then He confirms that by saying that He’s on a playing field way above us.
That’s not enough for some people, but it is for me simply because I know that I can’t and won’t ever know everything completely.
If we try going up against Him, He’s tolerant for a while, but …see how it ended up for Job. Literally one of my favorite passages in the Bible happens to be where God, after Job complains for a L O N G time, tells Job to man up and see if He can answer things that only God could know. Job obviously can't and then realizes the error of His ways...so just...
Sometimes God does give us understanding, in romance, academics, sports, whatever it is, are we willing to use it?
I like to say that, “You can never unlearn something.”
So once we know what He wants us to do, how we should study, handle a significant other, or understand a playbook we are responsible and should act accordingly.
In doing so we must trust that He knows best which comes with faith which…it’s a circle.
T H I S is a picture of my friend Jessica that I met my sophomore year of high school. So…you can’t see her face I know which is a bummer because she is definitely pretty, but she’s on my Instagram and website. So be sure to check her out there. She feels called to parts of Europe to be a nurse.
She is really cool and dedicated to her faith. We have that cool relationship where we don’t see each other for ten months and then…we pick up with things close to where we left off.
P.S. Tomorrow’s picture…coming at you Kourtney.