“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” (Romans 8:28).
The end of 2016 and the beginning of 2017 was a very difficult time for me. I was loving my life at college, and really felt like I belonged there. However, God had other plans for me. Let me back up for a second. When I was four months old I was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis. This chronic disease can affect several organs; personally, it affects my lungs, sinuses, and pancreas. Because of this, my days are filled with multiple breathing treatments and pills. I will spare you some of the details, but sometimes it can be very difficult. Okay, back to this school year. I began by taking a semester off due to several health issues. Then I spent most of the fall and winter on antibiotics and in the hospital, which resulted in taking a whole year off school. These incidents really hit me hard mentally because even though I have this chronic disease, I have been blessed with fairly good health for the majority of my 21 years.
As a result, my faith life was basically nonexistent and I fell into a dark place. I wish I could say that I leaned on God and trusted in His plan right off the bat, but that was not the case. If I’m totally honest, at first I was confused and hurt, which turned into frustration, and I pushed Him away. It felt like my best friend had betrayed me. So, I started believing the Devil’s lies instead of seeing that perhaps God was using this as part of His plan for me. It took me a long time to recognize that blessings have come out of this trial. But after prolonged self-reflection and prayer, I really started to feel like I was making amends with Jesus. I won't say everything is 100% perfect, because nothing is. However, I am at a place where I want to lean on God during the hard times.
While going through this, a friend mentioned to me 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.”
The words really stuck with me so I decided to reflect on this more. I personally think this scripture emphasizes that we can always trust the Lord’s goodness, power, and will to do good. We can plan for the future as much as we want, but it ultimately is up to Him. Sometimes this plan doesn’t include what we wish or long for. The reality is that we will experience hardships along the way. However, when we decide to place our trust in His will for us, we will be greatly rewarded. No matter the environment or circumstances, God’s goodness is still present and His purposes will be accomplished. If you are going through some sort of trial right now, I highly encourage you to pray and reflect on bible verses like these. The results might surprise you! Remember, if He brings you to it, He will bring you through it!