The whys and the wherefores do not belong to man, but to God. Our restricted vision questions the Almighty, but his plan is so much greater than a specific place or death or storm or persecution.
Now on that day a great persecution began against the church in Jerusalem, and all except the apostles were forced to scatter throughout the regions of Judea and Samaria. Some devout men buried Stephen and made loud lamentation over him.
Acts 8.1b-2, NET
The devout men who mourned Stephen’s death had eyes only for the dead saint before them. They saw only disaster. They felt only the loss of this great man of God.
They did not — could not — dream that the persecution launched that day would result in the evangelization of Judeia and Samaria. They had no idea that the emptying of saints from Jerusalem, to leave only the apostles in the holy city, would finally begin to fulfill the divine purpose to extend the gospel across the globe.
Oh, God, how small we are, how limited by what we see before us, how quick to surrender our faith in the sovereignty of our Creator! Forgive us and renew our vision for your far-reaching plan.
Hold this thought: God is doing and will do, / His will beyond our pain and pew.