Romans 8:28 And we know that God works all things together for good
to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.
Playing music backwards. If you do it with country music the cowboy finds his dog, his truck gets fixed, then his sweetheart comes home. It’s an old joke, but what a concept! If we could only pull it off in real life.
Real life has been difficult. Serious health issues, jobs lost, more serious health issues. The pile on the back of our family camel is growing twenty straws at a time and we’re hoping he has strong vertebrae. As one of our kids said, “Please pray for my entire family. About 20 zillion things are going on….We could use some extra strength to get through these hard times.”
One day, while pondering these pressures, I remembered that country music joke and started to fantasize about playing our lives backwards, back to before these sufferings started, back to easier times. What a concept! Just reverse the song and my aches and pains go away. Keep going and my husband’s vision comes back; others’ debilitating illnesses disappear; steady, meaningful work opportunities arise. All it would take is playing life backwards.
But we can’t have backwards, not in real life. All we have is forwards. And that’s where God comes in. Romans 8:28 says that for those who love God and who are called according to His purpose, He causes all things to work together for good. Work together. The words have a forwards ring to them. God is talking about a work in progress – good promised, but not yet complete. Something we have to wait to see.
God doesn’t fix our plights by taking us backwards to good times gone by. He takes us forwards, first to fleeting tastes of heaven and then to heaven itself. Suffering is part of that process. I hate suffering. I don’t really understand why it has to occur, and I don’t comprehend God’s methods. But I do trust His heart. Why? Because He purchased my future good with His own suffering. I can trust such a heart. And, knowing His heart, I can wait, perhaps in tears, but also in peace.
The music of this fallen world is often sorrowful; its tones clang against our ears and rip at our hearts. But what we now hear is only part of the composition. God has already written the last notes. His finale is perfection itself. And He always plays to the end of the song.
Playing Music Backwards (Romans 8:28)
© Lynne Fox, 2016