Perspective is helpful to me as an analogy when approaching questions on God’s actions in creation. The most basic distinction, perspectivally, is that between God and us: “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” The Creator-creature/creation distinction is essential here.
What follows if we acknowledge that God’s created acts include everything, is that they include humans, space, time, and logic. And secondly, God and His actions exist independent (outside?) of creation and must be revealed by Him to us in creation if they are to be known by us—generally in creation and specially in His Word.
General and special revelation originate with God and are not in conflict with each other when God is the starting point. But they can appear to be so by created humans who are part of the created order. From a human perspective, there will always be some distortion with both general and special revelation as we cannot completely know anything from God’s perspective since we exist in the created order; we are creatures and not God. Our human views of general and special revelation are always distorted (limited?) in some manner.
Knowledge of general and special revelation from a human point of view or starting point will always then be distorted in some way, as photographs of complex three dimensional objects are. The photograph portrays a three dimensional object in the two dimensions of a photograph. The photographic perspective truly pictures the three dimensional object, but cannot comprehensively portray it.
Living in the Pittsburgh area, I use the Cathedral of Learning as my complex three dimensional object when illustrating this. When you take multiple photographs of the Cathedral of Learning from different perspectives, each is truly and legitimately a photograph of the Cathedral of Learning, but none of them can be said to be the whole picture; and each photo will distort its portrayal of the Cathedral in some way because it is a two dimensional replication of a three dimensional object.
All human activities (science, philosophy, logic, etc.) are bound by the “two dimensional” limits of the created order and will never be able to reveal creation from God’s “three dimensional” perspective. And until He makes us new—three dimensional creatures—we will not be able to fully understand or appreciate the real work of God in creation. Until then we will continue to see in a glass dimly.