Feburary 2014 I moved to Birmingham for one reason.
It wasn’t the right reason. It was a painful reason.
But that didn’t matter. Because Jesus is so good.
My move to Birmingham became such a healing time for me. I have grown more in the past 2 1/2 years than any time in my life.
Recently the Lord has been laying this verse on my heart:
“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.” Romans 8:28
This verse says that God works out ALL things for the good. Not some of them, not the ones that look easy, not the ones that aren’t as bad, not the ones He randomly chooses, no He says He works it ALL out for good.
So I started praying on this because I am a realist, and I was looking at situations in my life and I was not seeing any good. For example, the reason I moved to Birmingham. I just wasn’t seeing where any good came from it. So as I started being real with Jesus about my opinion of this situation, and others, He reminded me of one thing.
My perspective of this situation was off. Because here is the truth: if it wasn’t for this situation I wouldn’t be in Birmingham. I wouldn’t have found my church, I wouldn’t have met all my amazing friends, I wouldn’t have this job that I love…and most importantly I wouldn’t have a story that ministers to so many people. Jesus took a horrible, gut-wrenching, painful situation and He made it something that I can be proud of. Because it got me here. I found my home. I found my people. I found a Jesus worth living for, and I wouldn’t trade any of it.
Jesus could come stand in my living room, and tell me that I could go back and erase that situation from my life, and you know what…I would say no.
Because He worked it all out for the good. And everything that Satan steals from us, Jesus restores. Double. He is SO good. He loves you SO much. He is FOR you. He wants to see you free, joyful, and full of Him.
Jesus, you are so awesome, and you are my most favorite. I have so many friends who are walking through such heartache. Be their comfort Jesus. You say in your Word that you work ALL things out for good. Show them the good Jesus. Change our perspective. You never let us down or disappoint us. You are always with us. You are so gracious. There just aren’t words. Thanks Jesus. You’re the man.
Be encouraged my friends. Jesus has this whole thing under control. It’s going to be ok. Just breathe.