Growing up, I was terrible at math class. So, I wouldn’t normally celebrate Pi Day. In fact, I’ve spent most of my life avoiding anything mathematical. I like words—but numbers? They aren’t really my thing.
Sometimes God can be difficult to understand, just like the unending number Pi. In fact, there have been times when my struggle to understand God has caused me to question His existence altogether. I didn’t understand why He would let family members die of cancer, let me be bullied in middle school, or allow me to experience deep depression and loneliness throughout most of high school. How could a good God let bad things happen to good people?
No matter how many times I crunched the numbers of my circumstances, God wasn’t adding up.
Though I still don’t fully understand how the number Pi works, 3.14 still exists. Likewise, just because you don’t understand your current situation doesn’t mean God isn’t still there. God’s existence isn’t based on your current circumstances.
There’s a passage of Scripture I love in the book of Job. In it, Job declares how amazing God is—how He helps the powerless and saves the weak, how He created the boundary between day and night, how His power alone can cause the raging sea to calm. Job goes on and on about the wonderful, beautiful, unending (see what I did there), amazing things God does. Then he says this:
These are just the beginning of all that he does, merely a whisper of his power.
Who, then, can comprehend the thunder of his power? Job 26:14
When I look back at my story, I see things I couldn’t comprehend at the time. When I lost loved ones to cancer, God was a comforter in my sorrow. When I was bullied as a teenager, God was a provider who gave me friends to help me during that time. When I experienced depression and loneliness, God overwhelmed me with peace that goes far beyond understanding (Philippians 4:7).
Just like the number Pi, God is perfect, unending, and constant. No one can fully comprehend the breadth of His wisdom or the depths of His power. I don’t know what your situation is right now or how complicated and confusing it may feel. Maybe, like I mentioned earlier, the numbers of your circumstances don’t seem to add up. Here’s what I know: God is with you, just like He was with me. God is working in ways far beyond what you can ever imagine. Though your situation might be difficult to understand, God is faithful, His love is never-ending, and He will never leave you.