This is the Stuff

Last night I was flipping through radio stations on the way home from a work night at church with two crying babies in the back of the van. The lyrics of this song resonated with me. Yes, I lose my keys, and even worse, I lose my temper, but in the midst of all of this, God uses me.

God has the amazing power to work seemingly bad situations into good. If you have read much here the past year and a half, you have certainly seen the roller coasters that our family and our church family have been on. To say things have been rocky is too much of an understatement.

I have to admit I have spent far too much time in the past few years saying “why me?” “why us?” and even just a plaintive, “Why, God?”

And yet I’m reminded, every day, when I look into the eyes of my children that God’s plans are ALWAYS better than my plans!

I’ve had a lot of great plans in my life, and very few of them have come to fruition. I could look at that as a downfall, or I can look at my “failures” as blessings that God has granted me. He gave me the chance to let go of my own plans and let his plans blossom and grow.

One of my favorite Bible verses is Romans 8:28:

And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good,  for those who are called according to his purpose.

And yes, that verse alone is great news. However, if we look at the verses that surround it, it becomes even better news for us!

Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words. 27 And he who searches hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because  the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God. 28 And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good,  for those who are called according to his purpose. 29 For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. 30 And those whom he predestined he also called, and those whom he called he also justified, and those whom he justified he also glorified.

Romans 8:26-30

How true it is that we don’t know what to pray for. In some ways we are no better than our children who follow us around the grocery store asking for Fruit Loops and gummy worms and “blue juice”. We ask got for riches and fame and an end to all struggle, when what we really need is patience, faith, and a quiet spirit.

So, chime in! Has something been driving you crazy? Can you see God’s work in your life, even if it is always through the rear view mirror? I’d love to hear from you!

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Written by Dakotapam
I'm a Lutheran pastor's wife and mom to six kids, including young adult sons down to 8-year old twin daughters. My life is sometimes normal, and sometimes crazy; but through it all, I know that I am blessed! Some people say that I have my hands full, I prefer to call it living life with both hands full, and I love it!