It's a popular verse we've all read our entire lives...
"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)
..and yet somehow,
I'm still surprised to find God weaving His story in and through my life in unexpected ways.
This summer, I experienced his working all things for good in the lives of two of his children--me, and Beautifully Rooted contributor, Annalea Hart. While one of us lived in NM, and the other in IL, the thought of actually becoming friends in real life, or neighbors, never crossed my mind as a reality...
until her husband interviewed for a job in the city where my family and I live.
What seemed to be an affinity for one another online, instantly became real-world community when she and her husband stepped into my home, and stayed for a few days. No longer were our lives on display through filtered photos or succinctly written thoughts...we were now living out
real fears, real family, real changes, real burdens, and real faith...in real time.
We soon found out that we didn't become friends because we HAD to,
but because God orchestrated it in such a way that we GOT to.
As Annalea and her family have relocated to Albuquerque, NM,
we are now truly building community with one another-- in neighborhood, in church, and in friendship.
Neither of us could have seen the potential blessings that could've come from last summer's circumstances.
And, as my family recently learned of our unexpected blessing of a sixth child,
I think on the way God has shown Himself faithful in working all things for good...and I breathe and rest.
What unexpected circumstances or challenges are you currently facing
that you feel like a HAVE TO instead of a GET TO?
God's promises to us reveal His sovereignty and faithfulness in all circumstances.
He is at work, even now, for His good and His purposes in your life. You get to experience the bounty
of His goodness and sovereignty! Breathe and rest, friend. Breathe and rest.