I've had my share of times when I'm confused, not sure what is going on around me. It can be disconcerting that we think we have some sense of faith, but that in everyday life we'd like to have more assurance of our faith at work in us. In other words, I'd like to "know" that the confusion, disorientation, or questions, were all part of God's forming in my life, and not what some propose is just life's normal random actions. A lot of people disassociate their life's events from God. They can't associate God with the difficulties of life that are occurring in the present. In recent weeks, I've talked to numerous people about "things", "stuff", life's struggles and even pain; and the overriding assumption I hear is that "is this God"? I don't know that the answer of "yes" makes anything better, because a "yes" also creates a further quandry - "why is God doing this?"