All Things

27 Jul

All Things…

We were out hiking in a large valley headed toward a mountain on the other side. Imagine, Grandfather said, you had to make your way across this valley to get to the mountains as fast as you could. But the valley is filled with soldiers, half dressed in white and half in black.

As you try to make your way across the valley, you discover the soldiers in white are there to help you across and get you to the mountain as quickly as possible. But you soon discover that soldiers in black are there for the opposite purpose. They battle the soldiers in white, resisting every step of advance. Finally, after a long and ardious battle, you make it across to the base of the mountain on the other side. The battle is over. It is then that you notice a strange thing, the soldiers in black begin removing their outer garments to reveal of white underneath.

The soldiers in black were really soldiers in white. The soldiers were all on the same side. And the ultimate goal wasn’t to bring you to the other side as fast as possible but to get you there at the exact time. And for that to happen, both the soldiers in white and the soldiers in black had to fulfill their mission. And though it looked like war, both sides were actually working together for your good. So then which side was against you?

Neither, I said, both were battling for my benefit.

Exactly, Grandfather replied, and so it is written in the Book of Romans that “God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.” So, if you love God and belong to Him, He will work all things in your life together for good, the good and the evil, the beautiful and the ugly, the joyous and the sorrowful, the problems and the triumphs, all for your blessing and good. Now, if both the good and the bad are working for your good, then in the end, was there any bad?

No, if even the bad is working for my good, then it’s ultimately good.

So, for the child of God, for you, there are only two realities… blessings.. and blessings in disquise. Sometimes the blessings are very well disguised, but they remain blessings nevertheless. Hold on to this. And learn to see and believe through the disguises. Remember, it only looks like a battlefield. But in the end, you will see it is and always was, a field of blessings where even your darkest enemies, your greatest adversities were in the end, your blessings in disguise.

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11

Give thanks today for all your blessings and for all your blessings in disquise, those of the past and the still-disguised blessings of the present.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

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