And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. Romans 8:28
As time marches on to the tune of uncertainty, emotions chime in and out with unsteady beats. The melody of hope is often interrupted with sporadic spurts of sorrow and despair. Tears and anger chime in and out, creating an unbalanced harmony in our home. But through it all God allows a comforting chorus to echo in our hearts, mainly that He is in control and we can trust in His plan for our lives.
The verse in Romans above is one that is bringing me much comfort during this period of unemployment. To understand there is a bigger plan and a greater purpose offers much consolation. And even though it would be a relief to claim that this ‘good’ is for us in terms of worldly prosperity, I know there is something more significant in the midst here. It is for God’s good and His glory to which all things work. I am reminded of so many past instances where God used the unpleasant to orchestrate something better in the end. To think on those circumstances, and see the ‘good’ that came out of them, helps me have hope that these present hard times will be used in a mighty way.
Without this perspective, it would be hard to see how the undesirable act of cleaning up your own child’s throw up could ever be a factor in any sort of equation with a gratifying outcome. But it was. Not too long ago, Halle had an upset stomach that led to an ejection of a spewing yuck all over her bedroom carpet. But when the shop vac was pulled out to be of assistance in the vomit removal process, it was found to be ‘temporarily out of service.’ Oops and uh-oh for me as the diagnosis turned out to be FEMALE operator error; the broken state was due to a lack of proper storage and cleanup from the last time it had been used (coincidentally in cleaning up another child’s throw up). So one can see that things are not looking good for the culprits at play here (the throw up and the wife who last used the shop vac…). But after several phone calls to nearby neighbors, a shop vac was discovered. And it was upon the retrieval of a working device that a conversation with the owner was initiated; and that ultimately led to an invitation to accompany our family to church. In the end, it was not necessarily our good that came about because of these troublesome scenarios, but the good of a family that has been able to visit a great church on several occasions because of our unfortunate events. And I know that behind the scenes here and now, God is at work for a good that I wait with expectation to see!!
For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be the glory forever! Amen (Romans 11:36)