In one of my books I explain the problem of evil by appealing to an illustration used by Harold Kushner in his classic book When Bad Things Happen to Good People. Kushner describes us looking at the back side of a tapestry where everything is knots and loose ends. That’s our perspective on life and suffering in which things so often don’t make sense. But flip the tapestry around and you see God’s perspective wherein every knot and loose end works for the beauty of the whole picture.
Today as I was watching the history of The Eagles on Netflix, Joe Walsh shared a similar view in his own inimitable style:
“you know there’s a philosopher who says, ‘as you live your life, it appears to be anarchy and chaos and random events, non-related events smashing into each other and causing this situation. And then this happens and its overwhelming and it just looks like ‘what in the world is going on?’ And later when you look back at it, it looks like a finely crafted novel, but at the time it don’t.’ And a lot of The Eagles’ story is like that.”
Well said, Joe. And if this is true of The Eagles, it is true of the course of human history on the whole. So much that happens in this world looks like nothing more than non-related events smashing into each other. But take a step back and you can see that things begin to look like a finely crafted novel … or a delicate tapestry.
This leads to the next question: just who is writing this novel?