“For those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.”
I have witnessed a couple of people in my life turning towards God lately. I’ve seen them absorb His love and accept it. I’ve witnessed changed attitudes and actions. These things are remarkable to me. And as I read this verse again and again I think back on how I viewed these people before. I remember thinking that they were a lost cause. I remember thinking about how I myself was a lost cause. I know that there were people praying for me. I know they were. I too prayed for these two people just as others prayed for me. But I also remember thinking that it was all for naught. And now, look. God shapes hearts in HIS time. He moves mountains on His clock.
It seems to me that we are ALL part of His purpose and that, if we can find the faith, if we can allow ourselves room to believe, then He has purpose in everything that happens to us. All suffering is for a purpose. I do believe that. As I read and pray and study and discuss, I am further and further convinced, no, I am overwhelmed by evidence that He is absolutely real and has been gently holding our heads when we cry, our hands when we feel lost, and is patiently waiting for us to realize what we all know deep down inside of us. He waits for us. Patiently. Joy is available to us today. Peace is available to us today. Forgiveness is in us and available to us today. When all focus is fixed on Him, time slows down. It just happened to me. Literally. I feel like I’ve been writing for at least 20 minutes. But I believe it’s been less than 5. Listen, I write this stuff every day that I can because I want you to know what is happening to me. I want you to know because I feel like everyone is looking for what I have found. Everyone is in search of this truth. It is so unbelievably beautiful and I just feel compelled to explain where it is. To help everyone find it. I have lived in this world for so long that I thought it would have been impossible to save me. It dang near was. But then again, NOTHING is impossible with Him. Seek Him. Humble yourself before Him and confess your sins. This is a big and difficult part. But if you can muster the humility and strength to do this, things will start happening in ways you never imagined.
Father, I pray today a prayer of thanksgiving! I pray for those who don’t know that they need you. And I pray for those who know you and are afraid. Show me my part in this day and help me to be quiet in Your presence as I take in all that You are. Guide me and shape me. Thank You!