“There is always one fact more in every man’s case about which we know nothing.”
(Oswald Chambers, My Utmost For His Highest)
I read that quote a few days ago, and it’s been on my mind ever since. Every time I start to think critical thoughts or start to feel frustrated by something someone does, that line pops into my head.
And it kind of changes everything.
One time when I shared a thought in a group of people, someone asked me a question that seemed really insulting. I tried to hide my emotions, and respond kindly and graciously, but inside I was annoyed.
Afterward, this person took me aside and apologized for offending me with the question. He then proceeded to share why he had asked it and where he was coming from, and I began to see that there was a whole different side to that question than I had ever imagined – and a whole different side to the person, too.
Maybe it’s because of that experience that the quote by Oswald Chambers stuck in my head. I believe it to be true. Even when I think I know someone, and believe that I understand their motives and actions, there is no way that I can truly understand their heart, their past, their hurt.
There is always something deeper. I want to learn to leave room for that. The Bible says that love covers over a multitude of wrongs.
I think that includes the invisible ones.