I’ve noticed recently that I have a few mantras that I tend to say to myself or to other people. One of these is “it’s a heart matter”; another is “it’s all gonna be okay.” The one I recently picked up is “God uses everything” or “nothing is wasted.” I’ve believed this for a while, because I’ve seen in my life how God uses even the most sad or upsetting of situations for his glory.
Recently, I thought life was horrible to me and I didn’t understand a number of particular events. I thought that God had given me too many heavy burdens and heartaches to bear. I thought He was answering prayers and then taking back whatever he had given me. I was hurting, upset, and feeling miserable. And to top it all off, I felt guilty for not trusting God to have it all under control. I know that in my mind; it’s just hard to live like it sometimes.
Then I started thinking through the situations that I felt were unfair to me. When I started thinking clearly about it, with an open mind, I realized how God worked in those situations. For one thing, in those situations I cried out to God quite a bit to bring healing to my heart. I also asked God to heal those people involved in the various situations. Through these situations, I have had several good conversations with people about God and faith. That is how God used what I thought were unfair hurtful situations for His glory.
Philippians 1:12 And I want you to know, my dear brothers and sisters, that everything that has happened to me here has helped to spread the Good News.