Hindsight is 20/20, but in the midst of our current struggles, it’s helpful to remember that God is in control of it all, there are no accidents, and somehow He works it all out for His glory and our greater good (Romans 8:28).
After all, we are just supporting characters in the grand narrative of God’s story, where Jesus is the hero, and we are not the main subject. But when things go wrong, this is usually when we become aware of our “hero complex.” Our knee jerk response as things take a turn for the worse is usually, “wait, isn’t God supposed to work everything out for my good?” We tend to have a fixation on self and a narrow perspective. We often fail to see the grand plan that God has, and we forget that we aren’t the main character in the story, He is.
“I will work everything out for your good and happiness…” we often think this even though we know that’s not how the verse goes in Romans 8:28, but the good news is that Jesus is in fact the hero in all of our stories, and we get to trust in God’s much bigger, all-knowing, seriously mind-boggling complex plan, instead of our ever failing ones. This is an extremely comforting truth when tragedy strikes, plans fail or people hurt us. We aren’t the main characters, and God’s got a bigger story that He’s writing, I just can’t see it yet.
Maybe you aren’t buying in. “Really,” you think, “He can work ALL things out for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to HIS (ahem, not my) purpose?” Really, he can and he’ll prove it to you.
Checkout this passage from a familiar story in Genesis of Jospeh and his not just mean but murderous brothers who sold him into slavery and left him for dead. Talk about a life full of rejection and majorly derailed life plans. But listen to what Joseph says, “[People] intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done” (Genesis 50:20). God spoke these words though him as he finally encountered his brothers, now in a place of authority, and he was able to rescue his brothers after they had discarded him years before. And if this story isn’t a perfect foreshadowing of what we did to Jesus with our sin, and what He’s done for us in extending unearned grace, then I don’t know what is. The grand story God is writing continually points back to Jesus and is saturated with beauty and grace. Much better than I could possibly do.
The truth that God’s story prevails above our own personal stories enables us to love recklessly and to live fearlessly as we continually shift our default focus of building our own kingdoms, to building His. We know that no matter what, He’s in control and and no one, not even ourselves, can mess up God’s plan for our lives. Today, I’m reflecting on what God has brought me through, because it builds my faith that He will never leave or forsake me (Hebrews 13:5), and I can trust that He is always good!