Monday, May 30, 2011

The Intricate Design of an Amazing God

A while ago I read Stacy McDonald's moving testimony "A Future and A Hope." I recommend her testimony as a powerful example of the grace and healing the Lord can bring to a broken life. Below are some of the points she made that I particularly appreciated.

But my goal is not to dwell on the past; it is to give you hope…to testify to you that you don’t have to allow past hurts to identify you. There is freedom in Christ, and part of that freedom comes from acknowledging that God is in control.
 
As difficult as it is to understand, those painful parts are all part of His orchestrated plan. While God is not the author of sin, He uses even sinful situations for our ultimate good and for His glory because we’re told in His word that “all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.” (Romans 8:28)…
  
Fear torments—fear of the unknown, fear of rejection, fear of being hated, fear of being unwanted, unloved…even just being tolerated. Those who have known deep rejection know how difficult it is to articulate the irrational fears that plague you—that chase you down in the dead of night—and sometimes in the day. There is One who knows better than any other—He knows it all….

We may not be able to understand all the reasons for the trials and tragedies in our lives, but we can be assured that none of it is “wasted.” If you feel you “just can’t get past” your trials; if you struggle to forgive; and if your past seems to haunt you even during the day, throw yourself at the mercy of the Savior. Confess that you can’t do it alone….

I pray that if you have been hurt by others, that you will learn as I am still learning to view those times as part of the intricate design of an amazing God – a God who loves you and has for you a future and a hope!

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