Everything that happened this past week is difficult to put into words. For those of us who live in Boston, I don't believe we will ever forget where we were, what we felt, and the questions we asked. We had no choice but to face the reality that our world is broken and hurting. Every day felt heavy.
Yet every day, the song below was played on repeat wherever I went, because I needed reminding of the hope I have. I needed to cling to truth and the promise that God works all things for good, even though it's difficult to see at the moment how that actually works. Joseph from the Bible faced many hardships in his lifetime, yet he says this to those (i.e. his very own brothers) who inflicted suffering, "As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good..." (Genesis 50:20). Joseph believed and understood that God doesn't waste anything, not even the most painful trials of life.
The lyrics above were sung over and over again last week, at the top of my lungs and as a prayer over our city. I am learning, like Joseph, that God wastes nothing, and he always, ALWAYS, works everything out for the good of those who love Him and are called according to His purpose (Romans 8:28). He is a promise keeper and he reigns forever. This is how we find hope in the midst of tragedy, and I will wait patiently to see how He does it in Boston.
Song: Nothing Is Wasted
Artist: Elevation Worship
Album: Nothing Is Wasted