Romans 8:28: “And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.”

God works in mysterious ways. The mystery of God’s mingling in human affairs has been the object of a number of heated discussions. Some see God involved in human history, while others emphatically insist that everything happens by pure chance. There is no way to prove or disprove anybody’s point of view here, neither will this article attempt to prove anything. However, if we look at a musical piece for example and detect composition and intricate orchestration, generally we’re curious who composed it. That’s just the natural thing to do. It wouldn’t cross our minds that music just happens. Somebody had to come up with it. Similarly, the world around us seems arranged and composed in the most intricate way; so I personally believe there’s a Creator behind our surroundings.

Once we’re on board with having a Creator, the next question would be: do we have a Creator who is interested in His creation? If so, He would be part of our lives. If not, He would have decided at some point to abandon His creation. Based on my experience I have settled on the former rather than on the latter. In my heart of hearts I know that our Creator is very interested in His creation. He actually has a personally vested interest particularly in the human race. That’s why we celebrate Easter each year.

God becoming a human being and living among us is yet another mystery to grapple with. Suffice to say that Jesus is God’s passionate way of reaching out to humankind on a larger scale. On a personal level, God is reaching out daily to you and me. He can – because He’s God. He reaches out to us because we’re in His heart and on His mind. Those who discover His love will discover His mysterious ways and are struck by His ingenuity and care. God’s ways are amazing; in Him we find a caring Father and an extraordinary Friend.

Life is no bowl of cherries, as everybody knows. So there’s no avoiding going through some storms in our lifetime. However, weathering those storms with or without a compass makes all the difference, if you know what I mean. If you love God, everything will work out in the end – that’s the Good News in a nutshell.

“When he went away, the blues walked in and met me
If he stays away, old rocking chair will get me
All I do is pray the Lord above will let me
Walk in the sun once more”
                      Harold Arlen / Ted Koehler

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