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  • Writer's pictureJill Jarrell Newsome

Gravel or Gold

While driving I was thinking about a particular situation that I thought was bad but I was seeing how God was using it for good. He wastes nothing! A song came on that I had never heard before and I felt God was confirming my thoughts. It was Dierks Bentley’s song, “Gold.” “"It ain't a smooth ride, life, it's a winding road Yeah, it might be gravel, but it feels like gold".

I thought about the beginning of summer when my feet aren’t tough and I am walking on gravel. I grumble because it hurts. If I knew it was gold it wouldn’t hurt nearly as bad. How do I not know this isn't turning to gold? I can think of many times when bad things happened and God brought blessings from them. Blessings in disguise. 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.” This does not promise things will be good but that God will bring good from those bad things. Our faith and patience will be tested but Jesus promises to be with us always, til the end. Matthew 28: 20, “And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

There can be hope in the bad times when we trust God. He is not behind anything bad. Joyce Meyer said, “I think one of the most amazing things about our relationship with God is that if you love Him and you trust Him, now I didn’t say if you behave perfectly, I didn’t say if you never make mistakes, I didn’t say if you go to church every Sunday and never miss one, if you read your bible through three times a year. I said, if you trust God and you love Him, I don’t care what has happened or what does happen, God will take it and make it somehow or another work out for your good.” We don’t know our future or how God will use the events in our lives but He knows our beginning as well as our ending. It may feel like gravel but I think it will be gold!


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