Over the years, I also came to realize that adversity did not merely lead people to believe in God’s existence. It pulled those who already believed into a deeper experience of God’s reality, love, and grace. One of the main ways we move from abstract knowledge about God to a personal encounter with him as a living reality is through the furnace of affliction.
"Sometimes the most intellectual thing we can do is to be at peace with the questions, to say fully and confidently, "I don’t know. But I trust God anyway."
There is a beautiful gift to be found in embracing our smallness, in receiving the gift of knowing from our Father rather than trying to be strong and know everything on our own.”