Since I have been paralyzed by my ALS everything has fallen primarily on my husband's shoulders. Lou is not only my primary caregiver but he sees to the household needs as well. He is very proficient at cooking, laundry, scheduling, decorating, and making sure that everything is in working order. One day I was watching him mend one of our patio umbrellas. He had the sewing kit out and was matching the thread and making sure that it was going to hold. He took the time to repair it instead of replacing it.
How often do I want God to replace the broken aspects of my life with something good? If you're like me, I claim Romans 8:28 and anticipate that God is going to fix the issue. However, there are other times when I think what good could come out of circumstances and situations that can't be reversed or replaced. God showed me verse 29.
The GOOD that is being referred to is not about the broken aspects AROUND me, but IN me. The good that God is going to work out for the people who love him, is making us more like Jesus. The promise is not about the the physical but the spiritual needs that I have. The problem is that when my heart is breaking I want a quick fix. God, on the other hand, is wanting to mend me with thread that matches His Son and makes me stronger to fulfill His purpose!
Romans 8:28-29 And we know [with great confidence] that God [who is deeply concerned about us] causes all things to work together [as a plan] for good for those who love God, to those who are called according to His plan and purpose. For those whom He foreknew [and loved and chose beforehand], He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son [and ultimately share in His complete sanctification], so that He would be the firstborn [the most beloved and honored] among many believers.