20 Apr All Things – Not Just Some
Well, I’m back. I’ve been out of commission over the last two weeks, fighting off what doctors suspect to be this crazy, coronavirus. Today is Monday, and for the first time in a long time, this Monday feels a bit normal. I got my son all set up for his virtual class on zoom, I’ve cleaned the house, and my daughter (who seems to have caught what I had) is acting like she’s feeling a bit better. Personally, today is the best I’ve felt in over 2 weeks, so I’ll take all the normalcy I can get, right?
And then my husband showed me the markets – US Crude Oil had dropped down to 0. That’s right – what once was one of the top commodities in the global market is now free of cost. This is not what you want to hear when you work in the oil and gas industry like my husband does…
Do you ever feel like you’re being kicked while you’re down? Yeah, me too.
When I was sick, my grandfather called to check on me every single day. At 93 years old, he’s in complete isolation in his senior living facility to ensure his health and safety, but he’s also mourning the loss of his bride – my grandmother died a few days before the country shut down. So for the first time in over 70 years, he’s waking up alone, only to spend every minute on the other side of loss alone as well. Still, he called to check on and pray over me every single day. And on one particularly hard day, he told me something that replays in my mind over and over again, and in doing so fills my heart and lifts my spirit. This is what he said:
“Chandler, it says that all things work together for our good. God works ALL things together for our good. Not some things, but all things. That means that this coronavirus, you being sick as a dog in bed… are working together for your good. Don’t ever forget it.”
“And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.” – Romans 8:28
And it’s true, you know. Whatever you’re facing, – whether it be grief, joy, illness, health, job loss, a busy season at work, anxiety, peace, marital strife, closeness and love, pain, comfort, exhaustion, energy, a newly organized kitchen, or the never-ending pile of laundry – all of it is being molded and shaped together for your good.
And while sometimes it feels like we’re being kicked while we’re down, we can take heart that this season, no matter how hard or dark it is, will be used by a good God for a good purpose that is for the good of those who love Him.
Keep looking upward, friend. We will get through it together. And when we do, we will see exactly how it has all worked for our good.