Richard Exley tells the story of a pastor whose son committed suicide. Ten days later he returned to the congregation he served and read these words from Romans 8:28:
"And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose."
The pastor was visibly shaken as he read these words. Then he said, "I cannot make my son's suicide fit into this passage. It's impossible for me to see how anything good could come out of it. Yet I realize that I only see in part. I only know in part." Fighting for composure, he went on: "It's like the miracle of the shipyard. Almost every part of our great ocean-going vessels are made of steel. If you take any single part - be it a steel plate out of the hull or a huge rudder - and throw it into the ocean, it will sink. Steel doesn't float! But when the shipbuilders are finished, when the last plate has been riveted in place, then that massive steel ship is virtually unsinkable. "Taken by itself, my son's suicide is senseless. Throw it into the sea of Romans 8:28, and it sinks. Still, I believe that when the Eternal Shipbuilder has finally finished, when God has worked out His perfect design, even this senseless tragedy will somehow work to our eternal good."
Life doesn't always make sense. But we need to continue to trust the Master Shipbuilder of our lives.