So, It’s All Good?
“Hey, it’s all good”. Have you ever heard someone respond to some circumstance or situation that had taken place with that phrase? While still heard today, that particular cliché seems to have had its “heyday” in the mid 90’s. It meant it’s alright, everything’s ok/good, or it doesn’t matter. Anytime I’ve heard this I’ve always thought (probably even said), no, everything is not good. Sickness, the death of loved ones, loss of a job, financial stress, physical abuse, being talked about, made fun of…….these are not good things!
Consider the Apostle Paul as he was being stoned in Acts 14. Do you believe that he thought having large rocks hammer his body, being dragged outside the city and left for dead was a “good” thing? I certainly don’t think that being stoned would be a good thing! In fact, many of the circumstances Paul faced would not have been categorized as good. Yet, Paul knew something that we too must grasp if we are going to press on when life gets hard. Namely, “that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them that are called according to His purpose”. (Romans 8:28) Paul is saying that we serve a God who specializes in taking all things and using them for our good, our benefit.
Have I faced things that I don’t understand? Yes. Will there be other things that I face that make no sense? There will. Must I endure other trials and hardships? No doubt. Are there more valleys ahead for me, hills to be climbed? Absolutely, even until my journey is finished! So, the most important question how will I face them? Will it be with fear, trembling, worry and anxiety? Or will it be with faith in His promises and trust in His plan for my life? With a firm belief that my Lord is working all things for my good!
In her book, A Hiding Place, Corrie Ten Boom talks about the flea infested women’s barracks at Ravensbruck. She recalls that in their first hours there her sister Betsy reminded her that the Bible says we are to give thanks in everything. Corrie’s reply was that she didn’t think she could give thanks for the fleas. Sometime later Corrie recounts that she came into the barracks and was greeted by Betsy who excitedly began to tell her she had discovered why they didn’t have inspections; why they had been able to hold Bible studies unhindered. As it turned out, the guards would not enter the barracks because of….drum roll please….. the fleas! Corrie writes, “My mind rushed back to our first hour in this place. I remembered Betsie’s bowed head, remembered her thanks to God for creatures I could see no use for.”
Is it all good? No. But our Lord is taking all the circumstances and situations of our lives and using them for our good. Ultimately to fulfill His purpose in our lives. We’ll talk about that next week. Until then, don’t fear the fleas!