Picture this: A cute little girl about 5 years old skipping playfully along the sidewalk on a warm, spring day. Suddenly she comes upon one of the most beautiful flowers she had ever seen springing up out of a neighbor’s flower garden.
“My,” she exclaims to herself, “It’s so pretty.”
As she admires the beautiful flower her eyes follow the stem until it sinks beneath the dirt.
“This flower is much too pretty to be in such dirt!” she says to herself. So she reaches down and plucks the flower out of the soil and carefully brushes the dirt off the roots.
Suddenly the neighbor comes out his door and says with frustration, “What have you done? You’ve destroyed my finest plant!”
“I’m sorry, but I didn’t like it in that dirt.” She says.
“That dirt,” the neighbor responds, “is some of the finest potting soil money can buy. I planted it in that spot using that soil because I knew it could become the beautiful flower it has grown to be.”
Ever feel like the circumstances that come your way only “get in the way” of enjoying life? If we’re honest I think we all must confess we complain, even get downright angry, about situations we often find ourselves in, especially the hard, painful times.
When we look at circumstances only from the human side we see only ugly, meaningless dirt. On the other hand, if we would choose to view things through God’s glasses we’d see those hard times help us to grow in character and dependence upon our loving Heavenly Father.
As we mature in life and train ourselves to see everything as an opportunity for God to show His power and us to grow, life becomes a joy no matter what. The fact is God is always good all the time, and He has the ability to transform our bad experiences to make them work for our good and His glory. It’s one of His specialties!
Just ask Joseph… “You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good…” –Genesis 50:20
Or Paul… “All things work together for good, to those who are the called according to His purpose.” –Romans 8:28
That “all things” stuff makes for some pretty good dirt!