A friend of mine calls it, “The all things plan of God.”
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
We need to be careful how we recite this verse – I’ve heard it commonly used as a rather trite explanation and encouragement attempt when life becomes painfully difficult for someone we love but left brain knowledge seldom soothes a hurting heart. One of the most important concepts that I have recently come to understand is this: Facts tell you what is true but feelings tell you what you believe. Romans 8:28 is truth but in the midst of devastation, our right brain feelings often tell us something very different.
Over the years, I have come to intellectually know and emotionally feel that God uses everything in my life to display His glory and His love for me. Everything belongs – success, frustration, death, laughter, marriage, insomnia, joy, disappointment, birth, kindness, pain, parenting and grand parenting, tears, misunderstanding, loss – the list continues. Life is messy and He uses it all. In seasons of suffering, God in all His grace restores, confirms, strengthens and settles me. In seasons of joy, God in all His grace upholds, encourages, covers and delights me.
These days, Romans 8.28 refreshes me – I am comforted and reminded that He is always with me, always loves me. No experience is wasted . . . and then, there is hope.
We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. Hebrews 6.19 NIV