“Jesus answered and said to him, ‘What I do you do not realize now, but you will understand hereafter.'” (John 13:7)
Of how many things that happen to us are these words true: “What I do you do not realize now, but you will understand hereafter”?
Peter — not one to sit meekly by when he didn’t understand something! — asked Jesus why He would be washing his feet. Jesus told Peter that although he wouldn’t then understand it, that what He was doing was good. He wanted him to trust Him. Some day he would see the symbolism, the significance of what had happened to him. In the mean time, he was just to trust. (Peter did not receive that well, by the way, as we see here in the next verse!)
It will often be the same way with us today: there will be things the Lord does, or which He allows into our lives, which we do not understand the purpose of, or comprehend why He would allow it. But like Peter here, our role is to TRUST the Lord, that one day we will understand it, if we do not right now. In our own puzzling situations, may we hear the Lord — Whom we have every reason to trust — say to us: “What I do you do not realize now, but you will understand hereafter.”