We know that all things work together for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose.
~ Romans 8:28
Today, I headed with a group of colleagues to a beautiful botanic garden and as we departed, there was a deluge of rain. We wondered aloud if we were doing the right thing, heading to a place to walk around outside in a rainstorm? But, one faithful friend said, "I know it's not going to last, it's going to clear up." It was easy to doubt as the rain fell for hours, but it did clear up. She was right. We had both the benefit of a fresh, quiet, rainy morning and the clearing skies. Everything dripped with gracious rain. The flowers glistened beautifully and we breathed deeply. Our worries faded.
In times when everything is changing, when everything seems to be in transition, when nothing seems certain, God plants people in our lives with voices of hope. These are those who in our times of suffering point us toward the day when suffering will end. They reassure us in times of doubt that we can have faith. They remind us of our baptismal callings and of the God who makes a way out of no way. They remind us of God's purpose and God's love for us. They believe in miracles, not least of which is the miracle of God calling us to fulfill God's purposes. And when we cannot, they remind us that God claims us as beloved anyway, just because.
So, take heart. When things are uncertain, remember these words of encouragement-that all will be well. We cannot know the ending when we are in the midst of the changes and chances of life, but at the same time, we know the ending. God is faithful and all things work together for good. We are called to love God, who loves us with an everlasting love.
Pastor Joy L. McDonald Coltvet
Director of Admissions
Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago
This monthly devotion has been sent to you from the Covenant Cluster seminaries of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Covenant Cluster schools include the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago (Chicago, Illinois), Trinity Lutheran Seminary (Columbus, Ohio) and Wartburg Theological Seminary (Dubuque, Iowa).