From a quote by Catherine Marshall (quote reposted from Steve Rebus):
“Recently I’ve been learning that life comes down to this: God is in everything. Regardless of what difficulties I am experiencing at the moment, or what things aren’t as I would like them to be, I look at the circumstances and say, ‘Lord, what are you trying to teach me?'”
Because I have come to the same conclusion as Catherine Marshall, I have chosen Romans 8:28 to be the verse I cling to.
Romans 8:28 King James Version – 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 8:26-28 rephrased in The Message as
Meanwhile, the moment we get tired in the waiting, God’s Spirit is right alongside helping us along. If we don’t know how or what to pray, it doesn’t matter. He does our praying in and for us, making prayer out of our wordless sighs, our aching groans. He knows us far better than we know ourselves, knows our pregnant condition, and keeps us present before God. That’s why we can be so sure that every detail in our lives of love for God is worked into something good.
These “problem” situations are brought to strengthen us in faith and to teach us new ways which will ultimately bring glory to God. Paul says he learned to be content in all situations. (Philippians 4:11). That is a lofty goal. One to work on. I am gratified to know Eugene Peterson, who wrote The Message, feels God hears our groans and sighs as prayers for help. We don’t have to put our pain into words. God understands. His solution to our problems often is not what we want or expect, but a new path which is better than we could have imagined. Teach me, Lord!