by Macy Johnson
“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)
A cousin adopted a beautiful baby. What could have resulted in a tragic birth turned into a blessing for the family in many ways.
An aunt is nearing her ninetieth birthday. Her children found someone, a God-send, to spend several hours a day with her. Not only does this new companion drive the aunt to appointments and an outing, she has become a friend.
Jesus died on the cross while His enemies tortured Him. He could have been rescued but chose to endure the suffering. It was the worst thing that could happen to Him. He was separated from His heavenly Father. In spite of being the most devastating thing that could have transpired, it was a critical part of His perfect plan for the good of His believers.
Situations and circumstances may at first seem distressing. An unplanned pregnancy, an aging parent, and death on the cross are only a few examples. Unpleasant and painful situations bring us closer to God through His works on our behalf. Life is an adventure, with new twists and turns around every corner.
“Having said this, he spit on the ground, made some mud with the saliva,
and put it on the man’s eyes.”
(John 9:6 NIV)
Max Lucado referred to the healing of the blind man in John 9 when he wrote: “Sometimes God uses the less-than-pleasant. He initiates the miracle through “mud moments”: layoffs, let downs, and bouts of loneliness.” All things work together for the good.
I will thank my heavenly Father as He reveals His will to me and brings good from bad for my benefit and His glory. I hope you will, too!