“You never cease to amaze me. I can say You’ve never failed me. You are amazing, God.” -Deon Kipping, Never Cease
A lot of times I have these moments where I’m just in awe of God and how He works; the depths of His love, and the lengths that He will go to demonstrate that love for us. As I can reflect on my life, there are several times both in recent memory and not so recent memory where I just marvel at the works of God.
In my recent memory there has been a recurring situation that always leaves me shaken and speechless at how God works. Here’s what has happened:
I’ll be at a stoplight, waiting for the light to turn green. I’m the first car at the light. While I’m waiting, I’ve distracted myself by Twitter/Instagram/Facebook/text messages on my phone. Now, clearly I know that this is NOT something that I should be doing, but I’m doing it anyway. The light turns green, and I’m still slightly distracted. Just as I’m about to press the gas to go, a car runs their red light, and speeds through the intersection.
This has happened three times. Each time it’s happened, it’s been a situation where the car would have hit my car on the driver’s side at some insane speed.
Now, had I been fully alert and not distracted by the phone, I would have gone IMMEDIATELY when the light turned green. How do I know this? Because it’s the type of driver that I am. And after living in Miami and hearing people blow their horns AS SOON AS the light turned green, I resolved to never be the cause of that. So, I know that if I’d have been paying attention, I’d have been making my way through the intersection just in time for a car to smash into me. It’s scary to think of what could have happened.
This is not my attempt to justify my behavior, but more confidence in my belief of one of my favorite scriptures; one that speaks peace to my soul when I’m tired; one that never fails to encourage me:
“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
IN ALL THINGS GOD WORKS FOR THE GOOD…man, I could shout right there. So yes, even in my state of doing something wrong, God was working for my good.
Now, please don’t use this as an excuse to go and do WRONG things because God can still work through them. There’s no need to take advantage of the grace and mercy that God provides. Don’t force Him to have to overextend himself because of poor decisions. You know- if you know better, then do better.
But what I really want is for you to be encouraged, knowing that even in those tough places, dry spots, difficult times, God is still working it out in your favor. So while it seems rough right now, you’re going to be able to look back and see how you overcame. As a matter of fact, I bet there are things you could look back on RIGHT NOW and see how you thought it was TERRIBLE, but now, you recognize how God was at work on your behalf.
As Marvin Sapp would say (or sing), “He has His Hands on You“!
Be encouraged! Peace and Blessings!
January 10, 2013 at 12:08 am
I love this post. Erin, it was God-ordained that I read this post. I am so thankful for and excited about the confirmation that came through your words. ALL things are working for my good. Love ya even though I haven’t seen you in years.
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