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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Illustrate the meaning of "Every Dark Cloud has a Silver Lining" (without using the actual phrase or literal example). (02/28/08)

TITLE: Romans 8:28
By Sharon Hillary


Romans 8:28

By Sharon D. Hillary

Life, for the most part, has always had its up some downs. One day everything is running smoothly, and the next day what can go wrong does go wrong. That’s the thing about life, each day is different and each day is equally special. I say special because in each day, even if things aren’t going well, there’s always something to treasure at the end of the day. There is always something to be learned from every experience.
Recently I find myself in a stage where every day seems to be the same and one day a runs into the next, and the next, and the next. It seems like I do the same things every day: say the same prayers (ask for the same things), overcome the same problems (or not), and interact with the same people. I don't know if it's that I'm lazy, or just bored. I know this sounds very negative however, I am learning something through this. I've come to recognize that these are the times when God is teaching me patience. Apparently, I need to learn how to be quiet. For those of you who don't know me, that's hard to do. I like to run my mouth.
God's Word states in Romans 8:28 (KJV), that He causes all things to work together for good to those who love him, and are the called according to his purpose. This means that whatever situation you find yourself in, it has been purposely created by Him for your good. Whether it be to teach you, admonish you, or for the benefit of another, it is His will for you to be where you are. It has been my experience that once we have learned to except where we are at the moment and walk with Him in it, it isn't long until the situation changes.
I am reminded presently of our Savior, Jesus, who experienced indecision, frustration, anger, tremendous pain and suffering. The key point to remember is that He did so quietly. The bible says, “He opened not His mouth”. Isiah 53:7, Acts 8:32 (KJV). Can you imagine the kind of day Jesus was having up on the cross. He'd been beaten all night and walked for miles in a hot sun with blood running in his eyes due to a crown of thorns digging into His head. To top that off half the people that He had come to know and love, disappeared. Then they stick Him all a cross with nails through His hands and feet leaving Him to hang there, and now people are yelling obscenities at Him. All this and His mother had to witness it. Isn't that just like life. One day you standing on a hill preaching to multitudes and watching the wonder and their eyes as they learn of the Father, and the next you're being thrown in jail and tortured.
But wait! Jesus died on the cross, but that's not the end of the story! He defeated death by the power of God the Father, and in so doing, He brought new life to the world! House that for a Romans 8:28 example. If got performed His Word in the life of His Son and will He not perform it in your lives as well? God save a dying world through the suffering and death of His Son. Are you suffering? A things not going smoothly today? Having a rough day? Hmmmm… I wonder what awesome things God has planned for your life today!

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Jan Ackerson 03/09/08
A very season-appropriate meditation; thanks for this entry!

Just a quick note: entries in the weekly Challenge aren't supposed to have your name on them, so that they are anonymous for the judges. No big deal, just for next time...

This week's saying seems just made for Romans 8:28, doesn't it?
Yvonne Blake 03/09/08
This is a good devotional.
An extra space between paragraphs will make it easier to read.
You have some good thoughts concerning this verse.
Keep writing.
Shirley McClay 03/11/08
I love your last line.. hits home and says a lot! Thank you for sharing... keep learning and keep writing.