The hardest things that we go through, or our everyday moments of joy and struggle. None of it is wasted. God is using it to make us into who He created us to be. Or He is using it to reach others and draw them to Him.
We had a baptism service at church last Sunday. Kids from 4th grade through high school were baptized. About 20 of them. The moment of baptism never fails to move me and hearing their stories of faith is amazing. This Sunday one girl’s story took my breath away.
Last year, a 32-year-old, otherwise healthy man in our church suddenly got very sick and died within a couple of months. He was married and had 3 young children. I didn’t know them personally. But it was tragic and devastating to so many. I remember sitting in church when the pastor told us the man had died. I remember thinking, Lord, you can use even this for good, but my human eyes sure can’t see how. I remember asking Him to not let it be wasted.
I seem to ask that a lot when faced with tragedy. Lord, please make some good come from this. Please be glorified and made known through this. Please use this to draw people to yourself.
Fast forward to Sunday night. Two teenage sisters were baptized. One had started going to church with her mom and the other had refused. Didn’t want anything to do with church. Couldn’t understand why her mom and sister would go, but was immovable in her position.
Until this man died. It ends up that she and her family were friends with the family from our church. After the husband died, this girl decided to go to church with his wife, so she wouldn’t have to go alone. And she kept coming. And over the months, she grew to understand Christ and His love for her and she accepted Him as her personal savior. Now she is a light shining for Him, leading others in their Christian walks.
We don’t often get to see our prayers answered like that. I don’t usually know what good God has brought from a certain tragedy. I just pray and trust Him to do it. Sitting there in church, watching the answer to my prayer (and probably that of many others) was remarkable. I want to hold on to that moment. When I pray and can’t see the answer and don’t know how God is working, I want to remember that moment that He let me glimpse His majesty and power.
He really does work all things for our good and His glory.
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.