The enemy was lurking, hissing, whispering his lying suggestions. He saw vulnerability. He saw an opportunity. He was moving in.
Then, out of nowhere, a thought broke into my mind. And a knowing smile broke out on my face.
“This, too, will be redeemed.”
It was a sudden realization. This heart-ache isn’t for nothing. This pain will not be wasted. This difficult season will not be fruitless. This struggle will not end in defeat.
Right now, there is a Redeemer working good things in me through these bad things. He has already begun making something beautiful out of this ugly mess. I remembered that I have an Overcomer through Whom I will certainly triumph over–and triumph through–the very troubles that threaten to defeat me.
I tend to forget just how comprehensive is the Overcomer’s victory over the evil one, and just how great is His power toward us who believe. As the Redeemer works in us, the things that afflict us are used to heal us. The things that trouble us ultimately serve us.
Yes. The Redeemer is working to bring something good out of the bad and the ugly. I told that to the enemy. I also told him that one day I’ll testify about what the Redeemer has accomplished through this very trial, and others will be strengthened and encouraged along with me.
Today is not that day. But the day is surely coming.
My troubles are not uncommon. We all share in the experience.
But as we invite the Redeemer to work in our lives, and as we cooperate with what He is doing, we can be confident that our times of trouble will be redeemed.
And He’s already revealed to us where all of our stories are ultimately heading. The Redeemer has promised us a share in His comprehensive renewal of all things.
All good, no bad, and no ugly.