By Kelli Campbell

“And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28

Have you ever wondered, while you were going through a difficult time, how any good could possibly come from it? I have thought that in my own life many times and I have thought it in the lives of others, too. How can your shattered life, turning upside down, with no warning, possibly turn back upright? How can a life of excruciating pain be good? How can leaving a church, that you started, be good? How can having so many medical bills that you have to sell your home be good? That is my life. How about others? How can a failed marriage be good? Where is the good in the death of a child? Does losing a job sound good? What about the heartbreak of parents as they see their child turn from the Lord and ruin their life? The good of learning of a terminal illness? There are so many times that life brings heartaches to each of us that sometimes we find it impossible to even fathom how there could be any good in it. Sometimes the heartbreak is so deep we even find it hard to know how we are even going to breathe our next breath let alone smile or laugh again.

My whole Christian life I have heard and read Romans 8:28. I thought it meant that whatever went wrong in my life that God would make something good out of it. I have heard numerous sermons to that effect. The Bible verse says, “All things work together for good.” I love God, I am doing His will, so God will make all the bad turn out right, right?

That is what I thought until Kerby was injured, by a doctor, and our life, as we knew it, was shattered to pieces. I wondered how our life could ever be good again.

We did not ask for this “all things.” We really did not want this “all things,” but we do want the good. God had something better in mind for us. Something to this day we really do not understand fully, even though it has been two years. We feel like God is still writing our story. We are still living so we know that to be true. We really want that 75th Wedding Anniversary!

God wants this “all things” for my good, my spiritual good! I want my spiritual good more than anything because I do love my God. It is because of my love for God that I cry, literally, and say, “Okay, Lord, this is really, really hard. Please strengthen me, my heart. Please give me a strong and courageous heart and help me to find the “good” in this ‘all things.’”

God gave His Son to die on the cross. If He was willing to let His only Son die for me, surely He wants the best for me and you. My Lord has never failed me. We can trust Him. He, also, has entrusted us with an “all things” for His purpose. He did not tell us we would understand or like it. I really do want His purpose!

I LOVE candles and lights. I, even, confess to having many candles in every room. I counted 16 in my living room alone. I love the atmosphere it creates. I love the aroma. I have lights in many of my flower arrangements, on my mantle and in my kitchen. I have battery operated candles that come on the same time every night. Lights are beautiful. Did I mention I really love candles and lights? God tells us in Psalm 18:28, “For thou will light my candle: the LORD my God will enlighten my darkness.” Jesus is our light. He lights our way if we let Him.

I need to find the way to find the good. Don’t expect God to pick up all the pieces of the puzzle and put them back into the right order or where I think they need to go, though He can. He tells us He will be our light to help us find the “good.” Psalm 16:11 says, “Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.” We all want the “good” in life and the joy and the pleasures. Even though we may have an “all things” God will show the way to the “good.”

The Bible tells us Joseph was hated by his brothers, sold into slavery, accused of rape, lied about, put in prison, and forgotten by those he helped. His life did not sound very pleasant, (a vast understatement), for quite some time, but he lived a victorious Christian life because He loved God. People knew God was with Joseph. It showed in his spirit when he said in Genesis 50:20, “But as for you, ye thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive.”

If you are going though a time in your life where you wonder “Where is the good?” because it seems anything but good, remember God is writing a story for your life, too. There will be “good” and joy and pleasures again. Just look to THE LIGHT! He will light YOUR path and show you how to say, “And we KNOW all things work together for good to them that love God.”