“We know that all things work together for the good of those who love God, who are called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28 CSB
Additional scripture(s): Jeremiah 29:11, Genesis 37-43
Why do bad things happen? The short answer: I don’t know; and I seriously doubt I ever will on this side of heaven. Of course, that’s not very helpful though, is it?
Let me tell you what I do know. When those bad things inevitably do happen God can make wonderful things come out of them. Romans 8:28 says that God will word everything together for the good of those who love Him. This means if you love and trust God, even in the most difficult of situations, He can make all of the pain and heartache worth it!
You may know that I am studying Crisis Counseling at Liberty University. What you probably don’t know is that I’m in my sixth year of school. That’s right, six year working on a four year degree. You see, it seems like everything that could go wrong during my college career has gone wrong- and then some.
First, I transferred to Liberty from a small local college. Liberty didn’t accept any of my math credits (12 credits to be exact) so I had to retake all four math classes I needed to graduate. I had changed my major twice before going to Liberty and was already a semester behind for that. To top it off, Liberty had four classes that all new students are required to take no matter what they are majoring in.
Once all of that was straightened out, I had to deal with online classes filling up very quickly and my very limited financial aid. My financial aid package only paid for four classes a semester, the bare minimum, and I barely had enough funds left over to cover my textbooks (thankfully, Liberty now offers free e-textbooks for online students).
All of this put me 2 years behind schedule. It’s hard. It’s really hard watching all of your high school friends get their degrees and begin their careers while you’re still dealing with midterms and finals. I couldn’t understand why God was letting this happen; He called me to pursue crisis counseling, so why allow so many obstacles? I decided to trust God and just keep pressing forward; after all, His ways are higher than my way and His thoughts higher than my thoughts.
It was in November, when I was signing up for my last two classes, that I realized I had taken every Christian counseling course that Liberty offers. I decided to do some digging to see what classes I would need to get a degree in Christian counseling. I found that I only needed two classes- the same two classes I needed for my Crisis counseling degree.
All those times I thought I was being set back, God was using them to move me forward. So come May 2019 I will be graduating with a bachelor’s in Crisis Counseling and a bachelor’s in Christian Counseling. I now know, that God was working in my life all along. God was preparing me for what is to come- and He used even the bad things that happened to get me there!
What bad things in your life have you witnessed God use for good?