Although we see evidence of God, Providence, Nature—or whatever you choose to call it—he /she/it is still unknowable to our limited perspective. I’ve read that a relationship with this entity is like a dance. The lead partner must step back so the follower partner knows to step forward. In the same way, God—our partner—may seem to be withdrawing or stepping away from us in times of confusion, doubt, or suffering. However, this is really an invitation for us to draw closer to him. It’s as though he is saying, “I have more to show you. Come closer to me.” This reminds me of what Aslan kept telling those he was taking into paradise in the seventh Narnia book, The Last Battle: “Come higher up, come deeper in.”
In the end, it all stems from Love—not a coddling or clinging sort of love. It’s a love that transcends and remains unknowable to our finite minds. Once we move “deeper in” as Aslan said, we begin to see what St. John wrote in the Bible, “Dear friends, we are already God’s children, right now, and we can’t even imagine what it is going to be like later on.” Or St. Paul who said, “Now all that I know is hazy and blurred, but then I will see everything clearly, just as clearly as God sees into my heart right now.” (Quotes from The Living Bible Paraphrase)
This love and the dance it creates is the common thread that runs through all my works, and through all my life, for that matter.