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Sometimes the Bad Things Are The Good Things!

What I should say is that we can trust God to bring good from the bad times. As graduation is upon us I think about a young man that I knew years ago who planned on continuing his football career. In one of his last high school games he was hurt. Although the surgery repaired the problem the doctor said that next time he would not be so lucky and he needed to quit football. This young man was devastated.


Two scriptures come to mind. Jeremiah 29: 11, " For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."

And one of my favorite verses is 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."


Our plans do not always end up like we plan so we have to trust God. And in the even that it was an unfortunate situation we have to trust God to bring good from it. This was about 13 years ago and I sent this young man a card. I shared with him a story about a football player who also had to give up his football career. But as God would have it this young man found himself in the only elective available at school....choir. He started the band, MercyMe, in 1994. In 2001 they released the song “I Can Only Imagine”. It is a beautiful song that he wrote!


Just this year this story of Bart Millard was made into the movie, "I Can Only Imagine." I am sure that Bart Millard has never looked back! I do not know what happened to the young man that I know but I pray that he is able to find the good that God brought out of his situation.


Can you think of a time that you thought things were so bad and God brought so much good from it?



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