It has been two weeks since Pop’s stroke. Family has spent much time at the hospital visiting and tending to Pop. This last Friday he was well enough to be transferred to the rehab facility where he will gain strength and learn how to function at home safely. Although Pop understands what is happening and knows the why of it all, often he talks about going home. All that has happened in the last three weeks was not part of his plan for his life. At times I believe he felt it to be such an inconvenience. It certainly interrupted his life and has now permanently changed the way life will be from here on out for him. My heart breaks because getting older is not easy and the season he is in is definitely trying. However, I know God is in control of all.
In the book of Jeremiah, God told the Israelites that he had a plan for them. He reassured them this plan was “for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.” (Jeremiah 29:11) These words were spoken by a sovereign God. He knows all that He will do and how it all will come together. “Known unto God are all his works from the beginning of the world.” (Acts 15:18) God being the same yesterday, today and always leads me to believe that the plans God has for us today are for our well-being just like he promised the Israelites.
God’s plans aren’t always going to be what we think they ought to be. Pop didn’t choose to have a stroke. He definitely didn’t desire to be spending so much time in the hospital. Yet God’s plan for Pop included both those things. This was what God had allowed to happen and even though it is not what Pop wants to be enduring, there is peace in knowing God is in control of every aspect of Pop’s life. Pop, being a believer himself, knows this as well.
I’m reminded that Romans 8:28 is so true. “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.” God’s life plan for each one of us is perfect and designed for good including the difficult times we endure. If you are in the middle of a trying time in your life, hold fast to this: that your suffering is not in vain. God does everything with a purpose. We need to “be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord” even in the midst of tribulations and trials. (1 Corinthians 15:58) “Every sorrow we taste will one day prove to be the best possible thing that could have happened to us. We will thank God endlessly in heaven for the trials that he sent us here.” (Quote by Joni Eareckson Tada)
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