Updated: Apr 3, 2020
"See things from a higher place."
And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. – Romans 8:28
Because this verse is so commonly used, it has become a cliché, but I urge you to revisit it and look at it from a different perspective. My husband likes to say that he looks at things from a "30,000 foot level". In other words, he often likes to take on a broader, "big-picture" approach when looking at a situation. Let's have a fresh look at Romans 8:28. Paul is reminding us that we serve a God who is sovereign – who is always prepared for any apparent contingency and who specializes in making something good out of what we perceive to be challenging, unfortunate, or negative.
What is our role in this scripture? It is to love Him and be committed to seeing His plans carried out. His will be done. Right? What is His role? To make everything work out according to His purpose; one in which we can trust, because He is good all the time and all the time He is good. It's time to see things from a heavenly perspective.
I am pretty sure everything will be Okay. ;)
UPDATE: April 2020
This post was written in September 2019 (since then revised) and as always, the Word of God is strong, relevant and applies each and everyday. I surely hope this blog lives nice and long on the internet, but if you are reading at the time of this update, which is April 2020, we are going through the Coronavirus Pandemic.
On one hand, this can be viewed as an awful time. People are dying from a disease that seems to have come out of nowhere and scientists are scrambling for a vaccine. People have lost their jobs and some companies may close permanently. We are told to stay home. People that are sick from the coronavirus have been asked to self-quarantine with hospital being the last resort. These are very tough times.
If we know anything about life, it is inevitable that bad things will happen. Most of us have experienced or know someone who has had a terrible tragedy. However, this one is different--the whole world is going through this together!
This means we are forced to rely on each other regardless of differences. Our government leaders are asking us to stay at home. Many of us are with our families, friends or roommates. We are together whether we want to be or not.
Scripture tells us as early as Genesis 2:18 The Lord God said, “It is not good for man to be alone...” we were meant to be with others.
Since we have no choice but to hang out with one another, could this be a chance to adjust and realign our relationships? By design, we are not meant to be completely alone with our own thoughts and decisions. We have a tendency to drive ourselves a little crazy with our own thoughts. We need each other to share, vent our frustrations, love and be loved. This means we might have to work out our differences. We don't have the convenience of leaving or separating right now, which may be a good thing!
Our culture continues to evolve into a place where "self" takes priority. If everyone thinks of "Self" only, but have been designed to be with each other, conflict increases. You are seeing this among our leaders and in different parts of our country and our world continues to divide.
In times of tragedy like the historic 9/11 attack, our country came together in a way we hadn't seen in decades. We came together to heal and support one another because of the pain of loss. This was shocking! It was like someone hurt our family and even though we might have disagreements, our family was affected and so we empathized and came together.
God has our best interests in mind and He is trustworthy. He has our back; however, we need each other to remind ourselves that He loves us and He put us together, so that we don't need to do life alone. Everything is going to be okay, thanks to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!
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