One late summer morning, you watch the sun rise over the ocean.
You think back to when Adam was created. You remember he was created as a fully grown up man. So there had to be a morning that was the first morning for him to see a sunrise.
“It came right out of the ocean!” you hear him say. “The sun comes from the ocean!”
Certainly appears that way. You could explain it to him, but he’d swear up and down (if Adam swore) that he sees it with his own eyes and he’d point right at it with you standing next to him and say, “SEE!!?” And of course he’d be right. You see it too.
He’s an eyewitness. He knows what he sees. He’s describing it accurately.
Later (he lived a long time) he’ll probably learn that it only looks like the sun comes up out of the ocean.
And later for you . . .
at a time when you’re sure you understand some big or little thing in your world, when you’re totally convinced because you’ve seen it with your own eyes, you’ll remember that with your own eyes you also know that the sun rises out of the ocean.
And you’ll calm down a bit and be patient and cut yourself some slack and loosen your grip on your conviction a bit. You’ll do the same, too, with others who bug you with convictions you don’t have.
You’ll do that because you know there could be more to the story that you haven’t yet considered.
And when you do all that, you’ll be connecting the dots.
Ever been convinced you connected all the dots but then more showed up later and embarrassed you?