Recently I was chatting with my daughter-in-law, Nicole, and she shared some difficult circumstances she has encountered in life. Not only did she feel ostracized as the result of multiple allergies that caused her to be unable to participate in most school celebrations, she was a farm girl who attended high school classes in a wealthy school district. Despite these things this energetic and hard working young woman became president of nearly every organization she joined, made cheerleader, and earned several scholarships as she headed off to college. She is now ready to begin her second year of vet school.
she talked I was interceding on her behalf but also praising God for her, because
she is a strong Christian. I am so grateful for Nicole's presence not
only in my son's life, but in my own; and as I prayed I felt a familiar
nudge in my heart. It was as though the Lord was saying, See? Nicole
learned how to be different, and although her heart was hurt along the
way I have healed those hurts. What remains is her understanding of how
to be in the world but not of it.
I said as
much to Nicole. "The Lord used everything that has happened to you for
your blessing," I said. "As Christians we must accept we can never
belong to the worldly club. Some people really get hung up on this and
can't take that feeling of not belonging. But this is a skill the Lord
taught you early on."
When you can't trace His
hand, trust His heart...; these are lyrics from a wonderful song by
Babbie Mason. I've learned that the Lord always has a plan, and that it
is wise to give Him the benefit of the doubt when things look bleak. My
guesses as to what He might be doing are often inaccurate, I'm sure;
but one thing is certain: if I don't open my eyes to look expectantly
for the good that the Lord can deliver, I won't see the blessings
He is able to bring even out of the darkest of circumstances.
example: I am now able to sincerely praise God for the time I've cared
for Mom in our home. It took awhile--I couldn't see blessings at
first--but now I could fill a page listing the wonderful things that
have happened, not the least of which is that Mom and I have had time to
lay aside old resentments. I never would have guessed that eight years
into her Alzheimer's diagnosis Mom would still be here telling me on an
almost daily basis that I am a wonderful blessing in her life. Who would
have anticipated that? Well, the Lord did, obviously!
That song I mentioned by Babbie Mason says it all. You can find it on Youtube here.
God always has a plan, and we can trust it is a good plan that will work out for our good and His glory.
Scripture: "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).
I know that through your prayers and the help given by the Spirit of
Jesus Christ, what has happened to me will turn out for my deliverance"