During Youth Sunday this past week, Cayden read a passage of scripture that we have been looking at in small groups lately from Romans. I feel like it is so pertinent to where we are in life right now as we lean into what Jesus is trying to teach us. Romans 8:26-28 says:
“Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but that very Spirit intercedes with sighs too deep for words. And God, who searches the heart, knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God. We know that all things work together for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose.”
Right now, somedays I feel like I am good, trusting in Jesus and having a firm faith. Then I wake up the very next morning, so overwhelmed, not sure about what is to come, feeling trapped with the same 4 people, and exhausted. On those days, I have trouble seeing God’s Word as the same as it was the day before. But I find comfort in this passage. There are days where I literally have no idea what to pray, how to talk to God, what to ask him. But he promises one thing here. He has given us his Holy Spirit. That Spirit that lives inside each of us, when we choose relationship with Jesus, helps us to pray, when we have no clue what to talk to him about. When we are frustrated, when we are lost. The Spirit of God is with us.
Then Paul goes on to say that ALL things work for our good. The Romans were going through struggles, and felt like things were happening that didn’t feel good. But Paul gently reminds them that no matter what is happening, nothing is outside of God’s control. He’s got this! The same God that allowed Christ to be crucified, is also the same God that raised him from the dead. Death and life. He does both!
JRR Tolkien coined this term Eucatastrophe. “Eu” in the greek meaning “good” and catastrophe meaning “destruction.” Life brings us things that seem catastrophic (like a pandemic) but Jesus can show us the beauty in them. The beautiful catastrophe. So right now, know that your God is working for good, that he will make all things beautiful in his time. How is Jesus teaching you in the hardships and showing you that in ALL THINGS He works for your good? May you see God’s goodness in your life this week.
(Pic of these wild 4 who have worn me out during this Pandemic, but God is teaching me to see the goodness.)