“We’re not necessarily
that God will do the best for us;
we are wondering how
the best will turn out to be.”
~ C.S. Lewis
I don’t remember where I ran across this quote a while back, but I do remember relating to it immediately.
I thought of it again not long ago when a friend and I were discussing the “pat answers” people sometimes give to those going through hard times…
“Don’t worry; God is in control.”
“God is working everything out for good.”
“God will protect them.”
There is nothing wrong with those phrases. They are very true. And sometimes they are actually encouraging.:-) The trouble is, as some have experienced, despite the fact that they are *true*, there are times when they aren’t necessarily *comforting*…at least at first glance.
From childhood, one of my favorite verses was Romans 8:28:
“And we know that God causes
all things to work together for good
to those who love God,
to those who are called according to His purpose.”
It is still one of my favorite verses. But over the years, I have realized that God’s definition of “good” and mine are not always the same. In fact, they are often *very* different.
As a child, I blithely believed that that verse meant that although I might be unhappy about the circumstances of the moment, God would give a happy ending. As I got older, I developed at least a head knowledge that those endings wouldn’t always necessarily be happy, although they would be good for us.
Three years ago this week, we encountered a situation that I couldn’t see as good in ANY way, shape, or form. After the initial shock subsided a bit, I began to argue with God…to throw verses about His sovereignty, His goodness, His protection, and His love back in His face. I struggled with everything I had ever been taught, with everything that three years ago *today* I would have said I believed with all my heart.
I still have a hard time labeling that situation as “good”. And yet, as I posted here, God has taught me all over again, in a much deeper, more certain way, that what His word says is TRUE…no matter how hard it is to understand sometimes. I have learned to see that what Satan intends for evil, God intends for good. (Gen. 50:20) I have learned that no matter HOW painful the situation, God’s plan is still “best” for us. And I can truly say that I am thankful for that “best” even when that “best” comes nowhere close to the “happy endings” I imagined as a child. I wouldn't give up the things God has taught me about Himself and His Word through this situation for anything. The deeper, more intimate relationship with Him...not only for us, but that we are beginning to see in our children...is worth all of the pain of the last three years.
I am so thankful for the opportunity to guest hostess In “Other” Words this week. And what another wonderful example of God’s perfect timing as I so needed to be reminded of these things during this anniversary week, as memories flood back. Thank you to Loni at Writing Canvas for allowing me this opportunity…please visit her blog for encouraging posts and a new book giveaway!
And I can’t wait to read others’ thoughts on this week’s quote! To participate, either leave your link in the Mr. Linky below, or link to your post in the comments. (Please use a direct link to your post, not to the main page of your blog….thank you!!) If you don’t have a blog and would like to participate, please feel free to post in the comments.