I read the most splendid analogy about Romans 8:28 this morning by Elizabeth George.
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who[a] have been called according to his purpose.
She likened this familiar verse to that of making a cake. Our everyday live is filled with common things, just as the ingredients to a cake are common.
There is dry, tasteless flour (which might represent the normal, ordinary, mundane things of our lives)
raw eggs and sour milk (those things that bring us sorrow or frustration)
sweet sugar and chocolate (those things which bring us joy and excitement)
You mix these ordinary things together, which individually don’t do much at all, if anything. The sugar and chocolate can make you feel ok for a minute but it is fleeting. The flour provides nothing but drudgery if you just eat it and the sour milk can only make you more sour and full of complaint that there isn’t anything better.
In God’s hands these things are mixed together and made into something amazing.
Because God is God:
~ He is able to weave together every single aspect and event in my life and produce something good because of it
~ He causes everything in my life “to cooperate to the furtherance and final completion of His high design”
~ He is able to overrule all the evil in my life and cause it to work together for my good.