I never knew Rebecca Banks Hoover. She passed away at the age of three in 1884. Her grave lies in the Hazel Cemetery in Bell Buckle. As I noticed it the other day, I was drawn to the youth of her passing. I imagined a grieving father and mother surrounding her grave. She may have had siblings who were devastated by her loss. Grandparents and other family members wept bitter tears at a life lost so young. I never knew Rebecca Banks Hoover, but I know here untimely passing brought incredible grief and pain.
As I looked at her grave, I was drawn to an epitaph written on it. “Some time we’ll understand.” In the midst of a family’s grief, there was still a faith in God’s providence and care. There was still at trusting that understanding would come. The death of a young child never makes sense. There are countless things we experience in this life and in the life of others that makes no sense to us. We experience or see suffering with no relief in sight. We see cruelty and senseless violence that take innocent lives. We experience the repercussions of racism and bigotry. We experience a pandemic that has taken close to 600,000 lives over the past year. We experience betrayal and deceit from those whom we love. The pain in this life is real and it often makes no sense.
Truthfully, there are many things that we won’t understand on this side of eternity. We don’t see how all things are working together for good (Romans 8:28). We don’t see how God is redeeming evil and we don’t see the plan he has for our lives, the lives of our family, friends and neighbors and how they all work together. We don’t see the entire picture. We just hold pieces of the puzzle that God has created. In eternity, we will see how the pieces fit and what. God has been doing all along.
Until then, we grieve and mourn for that which we have lost and experience and trust that in “some time” God will make all things new and that all will be made right. One day we will understand. Until then, let us trust in the One who brings light to dark and good to evil. God is with us. In “some time” all will be understood.