In All Things
“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.” ~Romans 8:28
One week ago, we remembered the day that changed America. When I read this verse, my mind goes to the stories we all heard on 9/11. Of folks missing the train that carried them to their work at the World trade Center. Of others stopping for donuts to treat their co-workers and getting delayed at the pastry shop. Another needing a root canal and the only appointment was 9am on that fateful day.
You can feel their frustration - we have all experienced that. Traffic bumper-to-bumper on the highway, railroad crossing stoppage, full elevators, missed alarms, ugh - the list goes on and on.
Until we see why there was a delay. Then irritation turns to gratitude. We were spared from something. Protected. We don't always see the reason, but because we DO in some cases, why can't we apply that to every situation that is out of our control?
If we believe that God is in command, then we know that He "works everything together for good for those who love Him". Even the frustrating delays. Even pain and suffering and loss. He knows what is ahead for us - He even protects us from our own senseless choices.
God wrote the big picture - it's a love story. And every good love story has conflict and strife. The journey is not easy. But the ending is a Happily Ever After with Him. Hold onto that when you are going through something. It's hope. Anticipation for things yet to come. The delay intensifies the longing and will make the fulfillment all the greater!
Have a blessed day!
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