by Jared Cook
if God is all-knowing and all-powerful,
then why does he let bad things happen to good people?
But that is not what troubles me most
about an all-knowing God.
What troubles me is this: Can an all-knowing God be surprised?
Can he be caught off guard
by the unanticipated beauty of a sparrow’s feathers
Can he wonder
at the sudden vibrance of sugar maples’ leaves
through silver mist on the mountains?
Can he delight
in an unexpected crocus bloom
piercing through mud and snow?
Can he rejoice
in the unlooked-for return of an old friend
whose voice had almost been forgotten?
Can his breath catch
at an unheralded hope that appears suddenly as a small circle of light
resisting the space-filling darkness of despair?
If we are begotten of God and destined to be as he is,
must our eternities be empty of surprise?