Just recently I came face-to-face momentarily with a certain trial that had been pending for quite some time. While there was nothing I could do about the circumstance personally, it still needed to be handled with care regarding my reaction. I will be honest and tell you that I could have responded better than I did in that crucial moment. Nevertheless, I handled it the way that I did and that was that. The situation or the confrontation was over but not the circumstance. Right away I attempted to get in touch with a dear friend in the faith; whether I was looking for a consoling or rebuke I’m not sure. But, she didn’t answer her phone. My second response (you can see the sudden priority check I had to deal with): prayer. After asking the Lord to help me, I went about the rest of my day working.
With my mind full of anxious thoughts, I entered a room were a tall, older gentleman was waiting. He said hello and we began to talk about the weather. He mentioned the hurricane that we both thought would affect many lives and said, “But the good Lord knows best…” After agreeing with him I went back to the task at hand, yet those words stayed with me and I just had to go back and talk to him again.
Once I made my way back, I told him that it was nice to hear someone say that the Lord knows best, and that you just don’t hear it very much. With one of the most humble and gentle spirits I had ever encountered, he said, “You’re right, you don’t. And you know, you say things, like I did just now. ‘Lord take care of certain situations…’ and when you get to that point, you see how easy that just rolled off. And you say ‘Well I didn’t do that, so He must have; He did it!” All of a sudden, peace came over me, and I knew that this was a divine appointment. Things seemed to fall into place, and I realized at that moment that my current circumstance was no different than any other circumstance I had dealt with before in the sense that the Lord would take care of this one just like all of those in the past.
Romans 8:28 says, “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” Over and over this has been proven to me. I am so thankful that even if my memory falters, this Word will NEVER fail to be true. Whether it takes minutes, days, months, or years, all things: good, bad, painful, confusing, wonderful, and even those things that just don’t make sense or seem to have any relevance at all; His promise to us is that they ALL work together for a better testimony and a brighter tomorrow.
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