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    Desert Flower

    “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.”

    Romans 8:28

    There is a beautiful Psalm that I rest in during times of turmoil.  It reads,

    The Lord is my chosen portion and my cup;
        you hold my lot.
    The lines have fallen for me in pleasant places;
        indeed, I have a beautiful inheritance.

    When I cling to this psalm, sometimes I feel as if God dropped the boundary markers somewhere in the middle of the Sahara desert or the Arctic tundra instead of the beaches of Maui or San Diego.  Sometimes it seems like things don’t move quite according to plan.

    Have you ever been there?

    For those who are in Christ, those who have their hope in Jesus the risen messiah, we are given the promise that all things work together for good.

    How many things?

    All things!

    Here’s the thing, sometimes we cannot see how God might work all things for good.  It might take a year or 35 years to see how it might have a redemptive element to it.  Even in those terrible moments, the dark ones that hide in the closet of your soul, even those can be redeemed.  For this same God took the unjust execution of Jesus in Jerusalem used it to conquer sin and death.  The God who restores a hundredfold is able to restore the broken pieces of our shattered expectations.

    The good news Christianity expresses is that God takes the garbage that happens and restores it.  He works all things, both tragic and sad, and he redeems it for those who are called according to his purpose.

    How has God restored broken expectations in your own life?