I have a tendency to get tongue tied, especially in new or stressful situations. I’m much more comfortable writing out my thoughts than speaking them, and it seems that I’m often saying the wrong things or saying them in a wrong way. There are times when my discomfort around strangers shows itself in ways that I think others may perceive as rudeness and when my lack of ability to “think on my feet” shows itself as anger or irritation. For instance, I remember a time when a young man asked me about my headcovering and why I wore it. At home on my computer I had a 50 page thesis on headcovering, but at that moment I had no idea what to say! I ended up being embarrassed and a little muddled, answered him briefly and then turned away. I wasn’t trying to be rude, but I’m afraid it must have seemed that way to the poor man who asked the question! Things like that tend to happen to me fairly often, although I do believe that the more I break the bonds of fear and timidity, the less these kinds of experiences will haunt me. Nevertheless, for now, it still happens on occasion and until recently, I have always been very worried about how these kinds of incidences affect people’s perceptions of me, or worse, how they affect people’s perceptions of God. Because there are times when I do ministry with others and I’m convinced afterword that I said all the wrong things!
Not long ago, as I was pondering something else I said that I probably shouldn’t have, God dropped a verse of Scripture into my heart. It was Romans 8:28: “All things work together for good to those who love and serve the Lord.” I’ve often relied on this verse during difficult times in my life, but never before had I applied it to something so simple. God works ALL things together for good… even my mistakes! Even my sins. I am a daughter of the King. Everything I say, everything I do, is done under God’s umbrella. Will I make mistakes? Absolutely. Will I sin and stumble? Definitely. But God has given me a promise. He will take my mistakes, my blunders, my sins, and work them together for His good. Nothing I do can be done outside of this amazing, all encompassing, promise. That means that even when I say the wrong things, or say them in the wrong way, God is busy working them together for good. Thinking back, I can recall times when I have come home from a counseling situation or a ministry opportunity completely dejected because I know that I “did everything wrong.” Yet later, the same person tells me all about how the things I said or did helped them. Is this because I did everything right in that situation? No. It’s because God was busy taking the wrong things that I said and did and working them the RIGHT way in that person’s life. It’s because He is busy working ALL things together for good.My selfish actions My sinful deeds My ungodly attitudes My wrong words My financial errors My parenting mistakes
“God will work ALL things together for good.” That, my friends, is an incredible promise.