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For Good: A Lens

IMG_6756“And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.”

Romans 8:28

I’ve questioned this Bible verse many times.

I wondered about it when my head was shaved for brain surgery.

As a gun was held up to me in Mexico City.

When a tornado destroyed every personal touchstone in my hometown, including my family home.

While I fought to live through a septic infection of my colon.

As I have lost and regained the ability to walk several times over 10 years.

In pain.

In sickness.

In distress.

In fear.

Sometimes everyday I’ve wondered.

And I’ve rejoiced as I’ve seen it proven true time and time again as each of the above did indeed work “for good” in my life….

And then, maybe like you, I have forgotten, only to find myself struggling to find the “why” behind the disappointments and negativity that are part of this life we live.

So, is there a secret to living each moment of our lives focused on the good that God does for us?

Have I missed something?

I believe I have.

This verse can serve, not just as a reminder after an event happens that “all things work together for good,” but as a daily lens through which to view each moment of life.

What would happen if we chose to believe that our past, present, and our future was secure “for good” in the hands of the One who created us? That all things were working together to create in us a deeper knowledge and a stronger relationship with Him?

I believe we would change. I believe we could choose to see each day through a lens of good. Of purpose.

Perhaps not all the bad would disappear. Maybe our troubles would linger, our fears still surround us in ever-present, concrete, visible form.

But, is it possible that instead of being overwhelmed, we could see them through His lens? That when sickness seen through His eyes may be a gift beyond value? That financial difficulty seen through the lens of “for good” may be a hidden blessing? That broken relationships, when seen clearly with the glasses of “for good”, could be the healing for an emotional struggle we’ve been cornered by for decades?

Yes.

I’m starting this devotional blog “For Good”  not to gloss over trouble, but to reframe it within and through his Word. I’m looking for Bible characters who have faced the choices we face today, scouring the Psalms for a balm of healing, searching for promises that will secure my soul to the Anchor.

As I write weekly, maybe more, I hope you’ll come back. I hope you’ll be encouraged to see more of life through the lens of good, built on the foundation of His Word, and be reminded of how beautifully woven together our lives are through intricate, divine design.

His Design.

For all things do indeed work for our good. If only we will look.

Katy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

24 comments on “For Good: A Lens

  1. Thomas Wheeler says:

    Beautiful, thoughtful and well written! Thank you Katy!

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    1. Katy Collins says:

      Thank you for your encouragement and for reading! 🙂

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  2. Charlotte Gunter says:

    This is so true!! Thank you Katey for being obedient to share the Word. I look forward to the next blog!! Love you!!

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    1. Katy Collins says:

      Thank you, Charlotte. You are so sweet. Love you, too!

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  3. Mark Elliott says:

    Thank you Katy, I really needed this today. Beautifully written.

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    1. Katy Collins says:

      Thank you for reading! I’m so glad the verse touched you like it touched me. God bless!

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  4. Rainy says:

    Katy,
    You are simply amazing! I love you and pray for you daily. 🧡🧡

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    1. Katy Collins says:

      Love you, too, Rainy! Thank you for reading and for the encouragement! 🙂

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  5. Sheri says:

    Thank you for sharing this, Katy. Well said. You are an inspiration for so many! Love you!

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    1. Katy Collins says:

      Thank you for reading! Love and miss you!

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  6. Margaret says:

    Great ida looks good ur doing a great job

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    1. Katy Collins says:

      Thank you for reading! I appreciate it!

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  7. Adena Pedigo says:

    Beautifully written. We love you. Excited about your blog.

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    1. Katy Collins says:

      Thank you so much for your kind words—I appreciate it! I love you and your family back!

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  8. Candace Barcus says:

    Perfection!!
    So much truth!

    May you be blessed as you bless all of us readers!!

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    1. Katy Collins says:

      Thank you so much for EVERYTHING. Your encouragement meant the world. 😊

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  9. Ruth Rogers says:

    Beautiful! You have blessed me once more.

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    1. Katy Collins says:

      You’re so sweet. It blesses me to write!

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  10. smvacca says:

    Amen and amen! I can hardly wait to read more. Missing you, my dear friend!

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    1. Katy Collins says:

      Missing you, too!! 💜 thank you for reading!

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  11. Lisa McGrath says:

    You are GOLD, Katy! ❤️

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    1. Katy Collins says:

      Ugh–I wish!! Love you, Lisa! Thank you for always encouraging me.

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  12. Lisa Rogers says:

    Great words! Your are a jewel. Love you! I have wondered the same things about this verse especially this past year.

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    1. Katy Collins says:

      Love you, too, sweet friend…and I’m praying for you. In Jesus’ Name!

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