You are always doing great and inscrutable things with us, glorious and wonderful, and without number.
[For the full prayer, click St. Basil’s Prayer: Lent 2024 above.]
Inscrutable – impossible to understand or interpret; impenetrable; incapable of being analyzed or investigated.
I don’t think this means that God is doing things in a devious way, or with the intention of keeping us ignorant of divine actions. I think it’s more a matter of scale and depth. I can no more comprehend the great things that God is doing with us than I can view the entire state of Vermont from my living room window. I can only see a part of it because my life is held in its geographical embrace. What I see is real and true, but the view is limited and my understanding equally limited. I’m in no position and in no shape to claim anything I experience as universal or all-encompassing.
I hope I remember this when I am tempted to discount the ideas and vantage points of others.
I hope I remember this when I am tempted to limit God’s great doings with us to God’s great doings with me.