The Promise: How God Works All Things Together for Good by Robert J. MorganThis book has been a tremendous blessing to me.
Morgan takes one simple passage of Scripture, Romans 8:28, and shares stories of hope, solidifying the verse. Each chapter offers multiple and engagingly written real-life accounts of people who faced circumstances so unthinkable that no one believed they could be transformed into good. And by the story’s end, God indeed brought about such benefit, personal growth and spiritual insight, that the participants thanked Him for the trial.
Here is an excerpt from the preface:
I’m writing these words shortly after returning from the grave side of the little boy named Samuel. Unborn child who mysteriously died in the womb days before delivery. I’ve known the extended family for many years. They joined my church. Not long after I became pastor, nearly 30 years ago. Samuel’s mother had expected to be nursing him in her arms today, but instead she buried him in the cold earth. A tiny coffin replaced the crib.
As we walked among the graves back to our cars, I reached for her hand, and fighting back tears, she said to me, “I know that good will come from this, somehow, someway.” God works all things together for good, and I’m just holding on to that promise.
Driving home, I mulled over those words. Everything happens for a reason. Good will come from this. It will work out in the end.
No, clichés are not helpful. Instead, these are soul-bracing realities that flow from a central truth of Scripture stated in Romans 8:2.
It is arguably the most powerful promise in the Bible. Clichés and platitudes are temporary bandages, but Romans 8:28 gives us complete and ultimate healing to both our souls and their situations.
Human courage and the internal fortitude take us only so far without a stronger wind to our back. The French philosopher Voltaire once defined optimism as “mania of maintaining that everything is well. When we are wretched.”
Some people are blessed with an upbeat personality that allows them to view life through rose-colored glasses and “make the most of all that comes in the least of all that goes,” as philosopher Sarah Teasdale once put it. But even sunny- so people can’t ward off all the shadows, not for long, certainly not forever, not without a sure word from an omnipotent God.
Sooner or later, even the upbeat soul gets beat up by life.
We need a higher power, a deeper strength, a wider mercy, and a mightier word. We need a promise so broad in its scope that nothing is excluded and so infallible in its application that on its sheer word alone we are consoled, energized,vitalized, and enervated during life’s roughest moments.
We need a heartening word during life’s smaller battles, too, for we have our share of both. Unbalanced checkbooks. Speeding tickets. Cancer scares. High blood pressure. Car payments. Car wrecks. Gas prices. Foreclosures. Prodigal children. The death of a pet. Chronic pain. Stubborn addiction. Pharmacy bills. Broken arms. Broken marriages. Broken hearts. Broken heirlooms.
The problems come in all shapes, sizes, and levels of intensity. Some are mind-numbing and earthshaking. Others are two bit trifles; yet sometimes the smaller problems upset us more than the larger ones. I’ve had my shares of ups and downs in life; they aren’t over yet.
As long as we’re breathing air, we’re going to have good days and bad ones.
And sometimes the bad ones are very bad. I know what it’s like to be jolted awake at 2 a.m. with news you’ve never wanted to hear. I know what it’s like to face debilitating family illness and to encounter a string of disappointments. I’ve struggled with cycles of despondency and seasons of anguish. And like you, I felt the sadness of standing by freshly dug graves.
Thankfully, I can say that in my experience thus far, the bad days have been exceptions rather than the rules. But that’s not always the case for everyone. Some people face a lifetime of adversity, and for those of us, the problems grow harder as we grow older.
During such times, were swimmers drawn toward open water by powerful undertow’s of doubt. We brood. We fume. We feel sorry for ourselves as we battle waves of discouragement. We grieve and weep, and sometimes feel were drowning.
But consider this: what if you knew it would all turn out well, what ever you are facing? what if Romans 8:28 really were more than a cliché? What if it was a certainty, a Spirit-certified life preserver, and unsinkable objective truth, infinitely buoyant, able to keep your head above water. Even when your ship is going down?
What if it really worked? What if it always worked? What if there were no problems beyond its reach?
Would that make a difference to you? If you really believed it, would it shore up your spirits? Brace up your heart, gird up your strength? Beef up your attitude? Put a bounce in your step? Put the sparkle back into your eyes?
Romans 8:28 is an all-inclusive, all-powerful and always available. It is as omnipotent as the God who signed and sealed it. It’s as loving as the Savior who died to unleash it. It can do anything God can do. It can touch any heart and redeem any problem. It isn’t a mere platitude, but a divine promise. It isn’t a goal, but a guarantee. It isn’t wishful thinking but a shaft of almighty providence that lands squarely in our pathway each day and every moment.
The Lord moved heaven and earth to keep this promise. He puts his eye to the microscope of the providential oversight and scans the smallest details of our lives, working them into a tapestry of blessing, making sure the goodness and mercy follow with all the days. He turns problems inside out, transforming bad things to blessings…
Английский для детей. Часть 5. Ричард Скарри / Richard Scarry
See all books authored by Richard Scarry, including Cars and Trucks, and What Do People Do All Day?, and more on recyclemefree.org Thousands of children have learned to read with Richard Scarry s busy, colorful, generous books. But Scarry has done . Best Word Book Ever (English, French and Ukrainian Edition) .
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12 Busy Facts About Richard Scarry
Generations of children all over the world have grown up spending hours poring over his books filled with all the colorful details of their daily lives. No other illustrator has shown such a lively interest in the words and concepts of early childhood. After five years of drawing maps and designing graphics for the US Army, he moved to New York to pursue a career in commercial art. But after showing his portfolio to one of the original editors at Golden Books, he found the perfect home for his work. In his extraordinary career, Richard Scarry illustrated more than books, many of which have never been out of print.
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Scarry was born in Boston , Massachusetts , where his parents ran a shop. The Scarry family enjoyed a comfortable life even during the time of the Great Depression. Following high school graduation, Scarry enrolled in a business college but soon dropped out, finding it not to his liking. Army during World War II. After the war, Scarry worked for the art departments of various magazines before making a career breakthrough in with Little Golden Books. Scarry's most famous series of books was about Busytown. Scarry's characters were almost always anthropomorphic animals.
Chances are pretty good that you have a Richard Scarry book or two in your collection—more than million of his books have been sold. In honor of what would have been his 97th birthday today, here are a few facts about the man behind Busytown. It didn't go well. He was relocated to a job that would make better use of his talents, and ended up spending several years drawing maps, illustrating propaganda, and creating promotional signs. When Captain Scarry was discharged, he went to New York to pursue a career as a commercial artist. He quickly landed a dream job: a position in the art department at Vogue magazine.