Wednesday, March 23, 2011
Word FILLED Wednesday: COLD for His Purpose!
The weather was beautiful...and I gratefully allowed my quickly recovering children to scamper about outside in the sunshine while I sat with eyes closed in the sunny rays. I felt like a convalescent--unable to focus on reading, or eating, or anything--but simply resting at the Indiana seashore.
You see the timing...in purely human terms...was dreadful. It was a week of FULL activity that I'd been planning for months. It was to culminate with our Women's Day retreat...which I was coordinating. And...God took some things off my plate. And people were gracious and helpful. And...resoundingly God pointed out that this Day was for HIS glory...not mine. And he blessed it abundantly--the sun shone--and women grew in faith and unity together.
I was blessed by the speaker. If she ever meets me again she might not recognize me, so subdued was my personality by cold meds....hahaha! She shared many things...but really "unpacked" Romans 8:28...and what knowing the truth of it does for us.
"And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose." Romans 8:28
It reduces doubt. Gives us truth to balance our feelings. Prevents bitterness. Reduces negative responses (anger, frustration, depression). AND...eliminates the need for us to manipulate circumstances. I truly see how God did this for me just this week....and looking back...in His faithfulness to me throughout the years.
God is good...all the time. All the time...God is good!!