All These Things

All things came as an unscheduled storm violently invading our pleasant afternoon. Unknown to us the conditions had been building for hours, yet we had been unaware, preoccupied by our small talk and the fatigue of the hot summer day. Then, suddenly the wind whipped in off the river driving huge raindrops against our faces. We raced to the safety of our car praying that the lightening and thunder around us would spare us for the minutes we needed to seek shelter.

 And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose Romans 8:28 NKJV

In the same way events have come hurriedly, uninvited to my life. They haven’t waited politely on the doorstep, but instead have flung open the door and raced with muddy feet through my living room and demanded my full attention. What are your “all things” today?


Has a single phrase that you shouldn’t have spoken destroyed a friendship? Has news from the lab report suddenly cast a dark shadow over your sunny morning? Whatever the army that sweeps across your personal kingdom you still have the endless resources of your strong heavenly Father to call on. If your failures speak so loudly that the outside world is drowned out by the boos and catcalls of your neighbors then you can discover his new mercy for another day. It is one thing to quote this scripture to ourselves but quite another to accept that these specific “all things” are the tools which God has chosen for our good. If raindrops have temporarily blocked out your horizon and closed you in, then begin to count those exact forces as the ones which God has chosen for your life – for your good! Instead of just saying “all things” try to say “All these things” and see where God will take you once the storm has passed

All these things work together

All these things are under His command

All these  things point me to Him

All these things will pass away

But His word will last forever!

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