As anyone who’s read this blog before knows, I am a Christian. I’m not preachy or “in your face,” because, quite frankly, I find that annoying, not to mention counter-productive. I prefer to live my life in accordance with what I believe and love my neighbor as myself. I don’t keep my religion a secret but I’m not going to beat anyone over the head with it, either.
But (you knew there was a “but” coming, didn’t you?) sometimes, something comes along that feels like it was just for me. A sermon or a Bible verse that speaks to me about what I’m going through at that exact moment. Giving me an answer before I even knew how to word the question. This post is about one of those times. I hesitated sharing it because I know some people don’t want to hear it. Then I realized I was being dumb. What if I have a reader who needs to hear it, too?
A few months ago, Dawn, a friend of mine, sent me a note on Facebook. It was what I needed at exactly the right time. I asked her if I could share it on my blog and she agreed. I wrote an introduction and a response. I didn’t feel good about it, so I didn’t publish it.
I was looking through some drafts, wondering what to post, and came across this. I needed to read it again. I know why it was wrong a few months ago. I was trying to add something to it when it wasn’t at all necessary. It was perfect, as is. Dawn had already said it all and said it better. I hope you find it as encouraging as I do.
This is a verse we all have memorized or at the very least have heard quoted many times. People use it as comfort for others who are going through difficult times and to some who have been through many trials, it can almost become a cliche’. Through tears and forced smiles we internally roll our eyes and wonder “where is the good in THIS situation, GOD? Where is the goodness for ME?”
This is when we need to closely examine the verse and look at those last few words. “who are called according to HIS purpose.”
It’s been 9 years since my husband got his degree and joined the military. He has his “career.” I worked hard to help him get through that. We’ve been through trials of our own: a transition into the “military lifestyle” that is more different than most people realize, the birth of conjoined twins, life in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and then their death 6 months later, the adoption of two children with special needs from foreign countries, the diagnosis of our oldest biological son with Asperger’s Syndrome are all just part of our story. Through it all, I knew that God had something “good” for me but when the dust cleared and everything settled down, still I struggled. I struggled with who I was. I was a 30 something “stay at home mom” with no degree and (in my mind) no value beyond wiping noses, finding lost shoes and cleaning up messes! I needed God’s wisdom for the quiet time in my life just as much as I did when I was going through those hard times! This is when new light was shed on this verse. There’s so much value in the first part “God works all things together for good” but who is that for? “To those who love God.” OK I love God. CHECK! but I started thinking: Am I “called according to HIS purpose?” What *is* my purpose?
As I prayed and sought an answer from God, I began to realize that God’s purpose for this season of my life is to be intentional with my children; to raise them in these few years that they are mine to find God’s purpose for THEM! Not only is that “OK” for me right now, it’s PRECIOUS and VALUABLE! In a society where so many children are cast aside, I have a greater calling.
I want to challenge you today. What is God’s purpose for you? Have you found it? Are you walking in it? If so, have peace! Because HE will work all things together for your good!