When we left my friend Jeannie yesterday, she was explaining that God has the oaks drop more acorns when He's decided that the coming winter will be especially severe.
I asked her, "Why didn't God just make the climate suitable for all of his creation at all times to begin with?"
I expected her to answer by saying, "It's God's mysterious plan," or "The climate was perfect--in Eden, but then Adam and Eve got themselves kicked out for violating the terms of their lease--which God the Landlord knew long before He rented the place to them, they'd do." (OK, the latter is my version of Genesis, my friend wouldn't recount the story of The Fall exactly that way.)
But actually, what Jeannie said was, "God made winters cold to kill germs and the diseases that attacks trees."
Asked I, "Why did God make germs and diseases in the first place?"
Maybe now Jeannie will play the God's Mysterious Plan card.