Thursday, January 7, 2016

Bad News or God's hand?

Some setbacks with one of the mamas who chose life over abortion that I work with...yet another delay in what I had hoped would be an easy and quick process getting her into her permanent safe maternity home.

"Bad news" I texted to my friends helping me in this endeavor. (I cannot share details.) My friend responded perfectly.
"Bad news, or God's hand?"

See, we usually look at bad news as...well...bad news. Setbacks. Disappointments. Cause for ripping hair out, wailing and gnashing of teeth.
But my friend's comment changed everything for me.

If God is in control, AND HE IS, then nothing happens without His notice, and "all things work together for the good of those who love Him who have been called according to His purpose."

Bad News is not Bad News.

It is opportunity for the light to shine in the darkness. Opportunity for God to display His power. Opportunity for us to rely on nothing but faith and trust in the only one who can change all outcomes. Opportunity to remember that the temporal will one day vanish in eternity and we have a choice over where we spend eternity.

"Probably God's hand," I texted back to my friend, "He has been with us all along, so of course, He is still with us."
"Amen," said my friend.

He is not afraid of bad news; his heart is firm, trusting in the Lord.

Romans 15:13 

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.

But overhearing what they said, Jesus said to the ruler of the synagogue, “Do not fear, only believe.”

For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.

The Lord is my strength and my shield; in him my heart trusts, and I am helped; my heart exults, and with my song I give thanks to him.

And those who know your name put their trust in you, for you, O Lord, have not forsaken those who seek you.

1 comment:

  1. Oh Vicky! You KNEW this. WE KNOW THIS, but we are humans who try to control every detail and every outcome. Working with my coach yesterday I had two BIG, very common sense AHAs (but as Steven Covey once said, when told all he was selling was common sense) common sense isn't common. The beauty and hope lies in that you instantly recognized the truth of her statement, and God gave you today's topic for your blog:) We serve an awesome God.