“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 NIV
On October 29, 2020, I was driving home alone and talking to God. I asked Him for direction. I asked Him to be a light unto my feet, and to guide my path. The more I prayed, I felt a sense of victory. As if God was telling me “it’s done.” My prayers turned to praising! Romans 8:28 was finally making sense. I was there. I had arrived! This was the moment I had prayed for all of these years.
October 31, 2020 delivered one of my biggest heartbreaks to date.
It’s funny how that works, isn’t it? How you can be so sure God has answered your prayers, but the exact opposite happens? It shakes up your entire faith life. That situation was tough, to say the least. But it gave me an entirely new perspective on this scripture.
Everything did work together for my good– just not the good that I expected or was praying for. Ironically, it was better than I could have imagined! God did a MAJOR work in me. My relationship with Him changed. My prayer life became my priority. My faith became my pillar. That pain changed me forever. That heartbreak was just what I needed to allow God to put all of the pieces back together. And let me just tell you, He’s a master craftsman!
I know we pray and expect God to answer in our way. But He has his own ways. Do you believe in His character? Do you believe He’s got you in His hands? An older Pastor use to say “nothing is coincidental, everything is providential.” I think we believe God’s providence, as in, we know He guides. But I don’t always think we believe in His providence, meaning His guidance. There’s a difference.
Everything is opposite in the Kingdom. What we think is a burden, is often a blessing. Our tears are our triumph. What appears to be undercurrents are God’s redemptive graces. Even in the Bible, God didn’t always perform a wondrous miracle. Sometimes He used ordinary means to do extraordinary things! Pay attention to accidents, misfortunes, and disappointments. In God, there are no such things. He is simply guiding, ordering, and rearranging circumstances.
Do you trust Him to work in His way?