“And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose” - Romans 8:28.

 

My heart begins to race when I read those words. I am reminded of the good that God has done in my life or how He has shown up in big ways. But with those triumphant moments comes with pure heartbreak.

 

I wrote a blog post years back called, “When it Rains, it Pours”. It was an honest blog of how life was falling apart and all that I was holding onto, apart from Christ was becoming destructive: things like my marriage, my body image, my view of God, my family, my health, my dream career. Things that I once saw good had turned ultimate and those ultimate things were being lost in the storm. 

 

In the middle of the storm, as God the Father took each thing one by one, I couldn’t see the light. I didn’t want to trust that there was life that could come from this brokenness. I was in the middle of pain and suffering. 

 

As I look back at those times, evaluate the present and look to the future I see that God does truly work all things together for my good and His glory just as Paul stated in Romans.

 

This is almost nearly impossible to recognize in the middle of the storm, unless you know foundational truth. Four years ago, I had built my faith on a pile of sand… my own personal concoction of Jesus plus world. It was messy, it was unbalanced and it didn’t mix well.  

 

That kind of thinking doesn’t lead to life; it leads to destruction and false fruit. Because of my own personal recipe, I was choosing to miss out on the abundant life. I was choosing to limit my experience with Heavenly Papa.

 

But in the end, it’s Jesus plus nothing and by knowing that, by living by that… I see abundance in the mundane day to day moments, I see it in the pandemic, in the joy and in the future. 

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