If you’ve read much of my blog, or if you’ve paid attention to the name of my blog, you probably know that I am a Christian. I love God and I love His Son Jesus. I live out my faith in Him every day, so much so, that I believe God is control of everything…including my life. So, when things happen in my life, I sometimes wonder why God has allowed that particular thing to happen.
I was trying to help my daughter this week deal with a situation with a friend. It is a difficult and unpleasant situation. I was trying to recall being her age and the situations I dealt with through my friendships back then. I was trying to put myself in her shoes and trying to be “relatable” to her.
Driving home from work on Friday, memories flooded my mind about a certain situation I had with a friend when I was a Sophomore in high school. It was the most painful experience I have ever had with a friend. I won’t go into all the details, but I was very hurt by her intentional actions. She never apologized for what she did, but I knew enough to choose to forgive her to be able to move on. Our friendship was never the same after that.
I really didn’t have a personal relationship with God back then, but I never really could understand why that painful experience happened…until Friday when I was sharing this painful experience with my daughter. God had allowed that experience all those years ago to be able to help my daughter through hers, even though the circumstances were a little different.
God continues to amaze me. He even uses the junk in our lives for good…for His good, for our good, and for others’ good. I’m thankful that what we go through isn’t for nothing.
So, if you’re going through something, hang in there. God will use it for good!
“Don’t you see, you planned evil against me but God used those same plans for my good, as you see all around you right now—life for many people.” Genesis 50:20
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