Meditation Monday – May 24, 2021

“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him”

Romans 8:28

This verse from Romans has been alternately terrifying and comforting on my spiritual journey. When I was younger, I thought it meant God sent us hard stuff on purpose to test us. However, as my understanding grew, I realized that was a totally wrong interpretation. This verse is meant to let us know that God can and will generate good out of all circumstances regardless of how terrible they may seem to us.

Dare I say, then, that there are blessings to be found during this point in our history? Blessings during the pandemic? Blessings amidst the violence we see throughout the world and on our streets? Romans 8:28 answers us with a resounding “Yes!”

Brokenness, pain, and suffering do not go unnoticed by God. He names himself “Emmanuel”, which means “God-with-us”; we are not alone in this world of uncertainty.  The recent racial violence has brought with it a new awareness of systemic racism. The extra hours confined to our homes has provided opportunities for slowing down and reconnecting with family. There has been more time available to dedicate to Bible reading and prayer.  Recognizing these blessings and asking God to show us others can help us to grow into the knowledge that truly he does work ”for the good of those who love him.”

Emmanuel, give us eyes to see and ears to hear your presence amidst our challenges. Grant us a glimpse of your vision for the world and give meaning to all we see and experience. Amen.