Romans 8:28 (NIV):
“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.”
Sometimes it feels like all we do in life is WAIT. When I was younger there was an age I thought that things would happen. I can almost say that every single one of those things didn’t happen on time; well, they didn’t happen in my time. There is so much pressure in nearly every culture to grow up, to be successful, to have the latest technological gadgets, to make more money than so-and-so, to BE like so-and-so. But what if you are not supposed to be like everyone else? What if I am not supposed to be like everyone else? What if God has a specific purpose for me in my own life and for you in yours? Shouldn’t these be the questions we ask ourselves, especially as those who claim to be followers of Christ?
As I have stated several times in the past few years, only God has been faithful and constant through it all. I have grieved (and still am grieving) the loss of people in my family, have seen/see people close to me pay the consequences of choices they made, have made mistakes myself, have taken things into my own control which in turn set me back/confused me even more. What if in all things, we could find reasons to be thankful? What if in all things, good could come from it? Isn’t this what Romans 8:28 talks about? No matter what, if we love God (if we seek Him, desire to please Him above everyone/all else, and then obey Him), this will allow Him to work good things into our lives. Now, more than ever, I see Him doing just this.
Another passage that comes to my mind is Hebrews 10:35-36:
“So do not throw away this confident trust in the Lord. Remember the great reward it brings you! Patient endurance is what you need now, so that you will continue to do God’s will.”
A friend shared these verses with me when I was doing my Discipleship Training School with Youth with a Mission in Chile in 2006. To this day, it has been a reminder for me to do just that. So much time has passed; so many things have happened; my patience wears thin so often; and ye
t I still do trust Him (as best I can!) and now can see (looking back) how God has worked in my life through all that has transpired. He has provided, opened doors, and already I have done so much and so many dreams have already been fulfilled. Also, I see how God has worked in the lives of those around me, in my family and friends.
Proverbs 3:5-6 are two of the (probably) most quoted passages of Scripture:
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways ACKNOWLEDGE Him, and He will make straight your paths.”
The part that speaks to me in relation to all of this is how it says that we must acknowledge Him. We must thank Him, realize it is from Him that all good and blessings come (James 1:17), and accept that He truly does know best. He asks that we surrender every part of ourselves to Him so that He then can lead us in the plans that He has for us.
I have felt that much of my life has been about waiting and trusting and enduring. Yet when I stop to think about it (and I recently even wrote a list of things I’ve accomplished/dreams fulfilled in 2011/2012), God really has worked things out for the good; He has done his part while I have done m
ine. He loves us so much and his heart is that each of us would experience this joy and peace in being in relationship with Him, in abiding in his will.
As I am now about to embark on a new journey that I have waited years to begin, I have to remember to trust Him. If He’s been faithful before, He will be faithful again. I pray that each of us can know Him intimately and that we can share this light/hope with all we come into contact with. I look forward to soon sharing this with the people I have missed and love so much in Ecuador, South America. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! (: