By Elisse Kipe
“You planned evil against me; God planned it for good to bring about the present result – the survival of many people.” Genesis 50:20 HCSB
These words snuck up on me during the first fast of my walk with Jesus. When I read them they hit me like a lead weight. All of a sudden all of the hard things in my life seemed to make a bit more sense.
Does God revel in our hard times? No way. But He is so incredible, so amazing and so powerful that He can take all of our hard situations and use them for our good. This Jesus who came down to this earth to sacrifice Himself so that we might be joined to the Father, proved that He can overcome ANY obstacle or difficulty that comes our way.
Even in the midst of some of the hardest things we have faced as a family to date: the loss of a son, walking away from a ministry position and betrayal by some who we counted friends, we have seen God move in incredible ways in our lives. He doesn’t waste a hurt and furthermore, He will use those things for His glory!
I can not tell you the incredible connections we have made with people in similar circumstances, the families we have had the honor to pray for and the incredible testimony God has given us which has allowed us to speak His plan and share His glory with those around us.
I don’t claim to understand all that happens in our broken, fallen world but my trust is in the One who does understand it all. And He can walk with you in the good times and in the trials if you will allow Him to.
I want you to know that I don’t revel in my hard times, either! Honestly, half the time I’m whining away and asking God why these things are happening to me. But once I take a step back and commit the situation to God, I know that in the end, He always has my back. And my temporary creature comforts are not always in the plan. But His plans are always so much more incredible than anything I could dream up for myself!
So today, I wonder what situation you could prayerfully give to God with the assurance that He will use it not only for YOUR good but for the good of many whom you’ve not even met yet? You never know what adventures might be waiting for you on the other side of your current circumstance!
Elisse Kipe. Elisse is a lover of lattes & Jesus and her favorite times are spent with both. She’s happily married to the man of her dreams, a Pastor of the campus planting variety. Together, they have 2 homegrown daughters & a son from Ethiopia. You can find her writing about her passions: grace, service and adoption at Mommy Musings by Elise Kipe and The Dinner Table Collective.