This was definitely funny, but the more I thought about it, the more I just couldn’t help but think about the truth of what God’s perspective on 2020 would be. While our view of this year might be negative at the present, I think that hindsight on 2020 will be 20/20, and we will be grateful.
“The most productive parts of your life will not be the prettiest. The greatest miracles in your life will come in the middle of the biggest mess. What is happening in me is more important than what is happening to me.” Steven Furtick.
Romans 8:28 holds a promise that says God works together all things for the good of those who love Him and are called according to His purposes. ALL things… That means that He can use everything, no matter how chaotic, or damaged, or painful it may seem, in order to do something good for us or in the lives of others. I love that this verse is slightly ambiguous. Paul doesn’t say that God can work what happens in our life just for us, or that He will use what happens in someone else’s life just for them. Rather, in the ambiguity we realize that even if something doesn’t benefit us directly, we can still trust that good will come for someone else because of it.
I think many of us have already recognized that #CovidTimes has created opportunities and not just obstacles. I do not mean to downplay some of the heartbreak and tragedy the virus has brought with it. My husband and I lost a friend during this time. Many we know have lost family, friends, and jobs. Even so, it’s beautiful to know how much good God can work through it despite the bad parts. The loss, anxiety, economic effects, and other struggles can bear fruit, despite the discomfort.
“Now I want you to know and continue to rest assured, brethren, that what [has happened] to me [this imprisonment] has actually only served to advance and give a renewed impetus to the [spreading of the] good news (the Gospel).” -The apostle Paul on his imprisonment (Philippians 1:12). Paul knew what it was like to be on lockdown. He also knew that God could use it for a greater purpose 🙏🏼
1/ What good has God done in your life during this time?
2/ How can I pray for what struggles you are facing?