I needed to be reminded today…All Things Work for Good. We made another trip to the emergency room today for Ali. She was in no way better. It was determined she now has mono. Before that, I was concerned…she had found a bump on the back of her head, and was complaining of a throbbing headache. I’m very thankful this wasn’t something life-threatening, but I know we have a long road ahead of us as she recovers from this. She’s got some of her mom in her…she wants to keep going like the Energizer Bunny. This will be a new adventure for all of us. I don’t want to make light of her diagnosis, because it can have serious consequences. We’ll need to work together as a family to support Ali in her recovery. As I was feeling wiped out and a little sorry for us after dinner tonight, the below email arrived in my inbox. I consider this God’s encouragement to me this evening.
I can’t see the good in this yet, but I know God is in it, and He’ll bring good out of it. I’m also thankful my friend Jeanie came to sit with me for most of the time in the ER, and my brother, Ali’s Godfather Pat, came to visit us too. He made us laugh and lightened up our moods. 🙂
I’ll be looking to see what God does with this…as soon as I find it, I’ll let you know!
All Things Work for Good
By Max Lucado
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.
We know…There are so many things we do not know. We do not know if the economy will dip or if our team will win. We do not know what our spouse is thinking or how our kids will turn out. We don’t even know “what we ought to pray” (Rom. 8:26). But according to Paul, we can be absolutely certain about four things. We know…
1. God works. He is busy behind the scenes, above the fray, within the fury. He hasn’t checked out or moved on. He is ceaseless and tireless. He never stops working.
2. God works for the good. Not for our comfort or pleasure or entertainment, but for our ultimate good. Since he is the ultimate good, would we expect anything less?
3. God works for the good of those who love him. Behold the benefit of loving God! Make his story your story, and your story takes on a happy ending. Guaranteed. Being the author of our salvation, he writes a salvation theme into our biography.
4. God works in all things. Panta, in Greek. Like “panoramic” or “panacea” or “pandemic.”All-inclusive. God works, not through a few things or through the good things, best things, or easy things. But in “all things” God works.
Puppet in the hands of fortune or fate? Not you. You are in the hands of a living, loving God. Random collection of disconnected short stories? Far from it. Your life is a crafted narrative written by a good God, who is working toward your supreme good.