For Such A Time As This

Maximizing everyday moments to glorify God

All things for good

on June 28, 2014

Photo credit: KHOU

My son and I watched this week’s NBA draft with interest. He wanted to see who was getting drafted. I was interested in seeing a kid who won’t play a minute in the NBA, but was, by far, the sport’s story of the week. Isaiah Austin, who recently finished his college career at Baylor University, was predicted to be a first-round pick. Instead, the pre-draft testing process revealed a potentially fatal genetic disorder that required him to stop playing basketball immediately or risk death.

How would you respond to news like that? This young man can teach us all a thing or two. Within days of getting the news that his life’s path had been dramatically altered, this wise soul offered the wisdom of someone much older than his years, saying that when God closes one door, he opens another. He doesn’t see this as a tragedy, he has quickly found the blessing in the situation.

He talked of becoming speaker and helping others by sharing his story. He added that rather than see this as something (his dream of playing in the NBA) that was taken away, he sees it as the gift of being there for his family and to help others through his trials.

Romans 8:28 says: “And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them. (NLT)”

That verse is challenging to me. Because when life doesn’t go as I think it should, I wonder why? I ask God questions because I don’t understand. I struggle because I long for things to work out like I think they ought to. I lapse in my faith because I don’t see how this can work for good.

Of course I can’t. But, God can. We are presented with choices. When I choose to question and doubt, I slip and become resentful. But if I, like Isaiah Austin, choose to trust God’s plan, my vision will change and life will look a whole lot different. More like the life God wants for me.

Which really is for good.


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