If I toss a stone into a still pond, the ripples will immediately emanate from the point of entry. It is a simple task to follow the ripples until it dissipates. If I toss multiple stones, multiple ripples will emanate and soon cross, forming yet other ripples. Adding just a few stones, makes it increasingly difficult to trace the path of each ripple and intersecting ripples. Now suppose that each stone represented a person and each ripple represented their actions and effect upon another. Would you be able to follow 1 or 2 stones? Probably. But what about 20, 50 or 7.5 billion-the number of people in your immediate neighborhood, friends, and inhabiting the world? I certainly cannot, but God is able.
As I reflect upon this example, I am in awe over how God oversees everything in His Creation. Sometimes it is easy to see the immediate effects of our actions upon another. If we are cruel or kind to someone, the effects upon the recipient are usually obvious. But what about actions that may appear neutral in outcome and behavior? How do these actions impact others? And what if the actions and effects are not manifest for weeks or even years to follow?
For I know that the Lord is great, and that our Lord is above all gods. Whatever the Lord pleases, He does, in heaven and on earth, in the seas and all deeps.
Psalms 135:5-6 (ESV)
Like the stones forming ripples, the actions of everyone in this world are overseen and connected to God. If I cannot immediately see the results of my actions, it does not mean the connections are not there. It means my finite mind cannot begin to comprehend the intricate and complex connections that God is orchestrating.
If everyone’s actions create a ripple, it is incomprehensible to follow and trace the interactions for each of these ripples. Understanding God’s complete purpose is no different. It is only because of my arrogance and pride that I think I can understand how God works in everyone's lives and within His creation. In reality, God does whatever He pleases, in Heaven and earth, for His pleasure, to establish His Kingdom.
Instead of questioning how, we should be praising God. For God inhabits the praises of His people.
Love and trust the Lord; seek His will in your life.