God works all things together for good for those who love Him and are called according to His purpose. Romans 8:28
When something annoys me or I’m going through something that’s tough, something I say a lot, usually tongue in cheek, is, “It’s all part of my testimony.” Like when my Internet is out a week before I leave the country and I have lots of work to do that depends upon the world wide web. Or like when I’m getting a pedi and my pedi girl is a little overzealous. I don’t know why it happens, but I almost always get the foot specialist in training and whoever I’m with gets the pro.
My water is tepid, my massage chair doesn’t work,and I’m bleeding and holding back tears as the trainee works harder than she should, scrubbing off skin that isn’t dead yet. I look over at my friend, Kim. Her chair-massager is working great, there’s steam coming off the water in her foot basin, and her pedi girl has run over to Starbucks and brought her back a Grande Something-Awesome Latte. Drool is coming out the corner of her mouth as she enjoys the most wonderful pedi experience of her life…again. And I smile sweetly and say, “It’s all part of my testimony.” I joke and laugh about that, because that’s just how I tend to deal with things, but it’s really true. Every part of every day really is part of my testimony.
The thing is, I don’t always like that. There are circumstances that are far more difficult to endure than the loss of Internet connectivity and a pedicurist in training…stuff that isn’t funny at all. Stuff that sometimes takes years to resolve. Stuff that I don’t want to be a part of my testimony. I have several friends who are right now facing some of those kinds of things. My heart breaks for them because I know their hearts are broken. It’s tough to wait on God. It’s nearly impossible to see what good could come out of something that brings so much pain and difficulty.
I’ve been writing a Bible study series on the life of Abraham this week; specifically, the part where he waited until he was 100 years old to see God’s promise fulfilled, and the part right before that where he got sick of waiting, tried to run ahead of God’s plans, and caused all sorts of problems (Gen. 15-16; 21:1-7.) Here’s the lesson I keep getting from Abraham: God is not diminished by your circumstances, your doubts, or even your response. His plans won’t be thwarted by the attitude or actions of any person. On the worst days of your life, His power is unhindered and His character is unchanged.
Romans 8:28 isn’t just wishful thinking. God is God and He keeps His promises, even if _________________ (fill in the blank with whatever you want.) That’s how we can know there is purpose in waiting. That’s how we know that, even if our situation doesn’t turn out the way we want it to, somehow, some way, He’ll work it together for good. Whatever you’re going through, trust Him; it’s all part of your testimony.