The Apostle Paul once said, "All things work together for the good of those who love God..."
Some of us have doubted the synergyic effect of "all things." We have had good reason to doubt. Things happened to us, or other others whom we love, that seemed to have no good purpose in them. Evil people exploited them for their own purposes. Circumstances swirled into a traumatic toronado that threatened to desimate their body, mind, and soul.
How could "those" things work together for good? Of course we doubt. Either the Word of God cannot be believed or our love of God comes into question. The work of recovery is often focused on this point. These are the questions, but what are the answers?
The answers are simple but our understanding of them is complex. Our understanding is complicated by our fundamental belief that injury to our person equates to diminished self worth.
Part of the answer lies in the completion of the verse, "...who are called according to His purpose."
The Apostle didn't say that all things that happen to us ARE good, but that they work together to produce good for those who love God. Those who pour their pain into a calling --a mission designed by God -- a purpose that will require every ounce of strength, every parcle of wisdom, and the evidence of our experience--like Jacob who wrestled with God and came out of the experience crowned with nobility--no longer the deceiver but a Prince With God, Israel.
There are those in this world who intend evil against us, but God, a loving and gracious Redeemer, knows how to take the evil that has been done and transform the effects of the evil into that which is good. A heart that keens after the love of a Father and the solace of a Saviour. A vessel that has been broken and filled up-not just once but daily--with the Holy Spirit of God who can and will flow through his broken vessels to touch and heal and broken world.