So, I am doing a book study on this book called One Thousand Gifts with a group of girls. From what I read, and in a VERY vague overview of the book, it is about in every situation in life and every season choosing gratitude instead of resentment and bitterness. We were discussing one of the chapters last night and there was one line that really hit home for me. God wastes nothing. The part before it says, "So God transfigures all the world? Darkness transfigures into light, bad transfigures into good, grief transfigures into grace, empty transfigures into full. GOD WASTES NOTHING.
I was struck by this because it is such a great promise from our Lord and one that I really believe and trust and understand. All of God's promises are good and true and last forever, but for some reason there are some that just don't resonate with me. And I know different seasons bring different promises that we cling to and hold on to for hope and in this season, this is my hope...God wastes nothing. Now I think we play a huge role in this promise because there are many things that happen to us, good, and bad, and how we choose to repsond in all those events in ways determines the outcome. Because we live in a sinful, fallen world bad things are going to happen to us and to those we love but it is how we respond that I think the promise happens. Am I going to respond with gratitude that I serve, regardless of my circumstances, a good God who loves me or am I going to choose a harden heart? When I choose gratitude then I allow the Lord complete control of my heart and who I am and who I am going to be. And what I love about that saying is that whatever I go through, if I choose God, he will not let those hardships go to waste. He will use my brokeness for His glory and also for my good. Romans 8:28, "And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose." So many times the things that our enemy has tried to use to harden our hearts towards our Saviour God uses for the glory and expansion of His kingdom, IF we allow him to and do not fall into our faithless fears. I am so glad I serve and God who does not promise that nothing bad will happen to us but promises that he will use it for our good and His glory. God wastes nothing.